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The Wife Who Spoke Japanese in Her Sleep

Author: Vivienne Plumb

Summary: The first play of Stagecraft's 2012 season, this is a quirky comedy drama written by award-winning New Zealand poet, novelist and playwright, Vivienne Plumb. Plumb beautifully portrays Japanese culture while allowing us to laugh at our own Kiwi ways.

Described as a '21st-century Antipodean Shirley Valentine', this play promises to be a heart-warming comedy for all to enjoy, blending elements of Japanese Kabuki theatre with modern audiovisual effects.

Dates and times: Wednesday 21 to Saturday 24 March 2012 at 8 pm, Sunday 25 March at 3 pm, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 March at 6.30 pm, Thursday 29 to Saturday 31 March at 8 pm

Ticket prices: $22 waged adults, $20 seniors, unwaged adults and tertiary students, $15 Stagecraft members and high-school students with valid ID. Two tickets for $22 on the first Thursday for all ticket categories. Early bird discount: book for the first week of the play and get $2 off the full ticket price ($20 instead of $22).


  • Honey Tarbox - Christine Hunt
  • Howard Tarbox - Stephen Fearnley
  • Kimono Girl, Courier, Barb, Housewife - Kerina Deas
  • Kimono Girl, Reg, John Campbell - Kiel Taylor
  • Kimono Girl, Mrs Wong, Momo - Norie Parata
  • Kimono Girl, Muhabbat - Clarissa Chandrahasen
  • Duggie - Crispin Garden-Webster
  • Kimono Girl, Gus, Kenta Yamashita - Chris Tse
  • Clementine Florica - Tanisha Wardle


Shannon Tubman (director, sound designer), Joy Hellyer (production manager), Fern Wallingford (cultural advisor), Barry Meyers (stage manager), Amanda Lyons (rehearsal prompt), Blue House Productions (multimedia design), Matthew Leather (projectionist), Darryn Woods (lighting designer), Kate Norquay (lighting operator), Don Blackmore (sound designer), Erin Nelson (sound operator), Benjamin Haddock, Sam Perry, Russell Nelson, Stuart Wardle (set construction), Jen Pearce (wardrobe coordinator), Amy Lorimer, Hannah Paterson (wardrobe assistants), Cherie Le Quesne (props coordinator), Sheena Hudson (props assistant), Charlotte Jones (make-up artist), Emma Yarrow (poster design), Tanya Piejus (photographer), Sarah Elford, Kalesha Bastion, Liz Parker (photo shoot make-up artists), Iona Anderson (front of house manager)


Last updated 31 October 2013