Sara Wiseman


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"This beautiful play is the reason I pursued the dream of being an actor, it affected me that much when I read it. I love plays that make you feel, and forget your own world for a brief moment of time." 

In 2004, Sara Wiseman won the esteemed Metro Magazine 'Best Actress Award' for her portrayal of Roberta in Silo Theatre's season of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. Over a decade later Wiseman turns her hand to directing for the first time with this same award-winning play running at the Basement Theatre from 22 August to 2 September.

The Play

Set in the Bronx NY, this iconic American play, written by Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck, Doubt) collides us with two of society's beautiful, yet dysfunctional city misfits; Danny and Roberta. After a chance encounter in a forgotten bar, Danny and Roberta's defences dissolve and a spontaneous night of heart thumping confession, love and chaos unfolds. With no easy way out, both are forced to dive deep to find a forgiveness that offers the rare chance of a more hopeful future. This is an explosive, deeply affecting play exploring the issues of personal alienation and the redemptive power of love.

"Although written in 1983 and set in the Bronx NY, this story is timeless and just a prevalent today with its universal themes around love, guilt, fear and forgiveness."

Working behind the scenes for this production, Wiseman will be directing theatre for the first time in her professional career, drawing from her own deep passion for this script. This captivating tale will be brought to life by top shelf kiwi actors Jodie Hillock (After Miss Julie, Tribes, Ash Vs Evil Dead) and Frank Borrell (Filthy Rich, The Brokenwood Mysteries).

The Team

Director: Sara Wiseman
Actors: Frank Borrell and Jodie Hilock
Producers: Jessi Williams and Jess Sayer
Designer: Amanda Tito

The Money

Your support will enable us to:

- Pay our team
- Secure APRA rights
- Build a set
- Purchase/hire props/costumes
- Help with publicity and marketing

We THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for donating to our wee show. Any donation, big or small, will make a significant difference.


Danny and the Deep Blue Sea plays:
The Basement Theatre
22nd August - 2nd September (Tuesday - Saturday) at 8pm
Runtime: 85 minutes