I am writing a new play about euthanasia. It is the
time to think and talk about this contentious issue with the
Euthanasia Bill currently going through our Parliament.
To make this project happen we need your support to help pay our
actors fees and towards some of our production costs -lighting
design, theatre hire and publicity expenses. Any contribution you
can make, either large or small, is most welcome.
I feel passionate about euthanasia because of family experience.
When we are confronted with the death of a loved one we are
compelled to examine our own feelings closely.
This play does not push a particular point of view. Euthanasia is
a very complex issue and there are strong arguments to be made on
both sides of the debate. It is not full of doom and gloom either.
There is lots of humour, and even song and dance!!
I am blessed to have a wonderful cast to help me bring this play
to the stage. Annie Ruth, Julie Edwards and Vivien Bell are three
talented and highly experienced actors, and it is great to have
younger actors Bea Lee Smith and James Forster, on board as
After this initial BATS season we plan to tour the play so we
can challenge more audiences to think about the euthanasia
Thanks, in anticipation from me and my wonderful cast!
Welcome to the Death Cafe is being produced independently without
gov-ernment agency funding. Handstand Productions, Jan Bolwell's
theatre company, is using accumulated funds to get the project
under way and three quarters of the funds needed are in place.
How you can help
We'd be incredibly grateful if you could help us raise the
remaining $3500 to get our play onto the stage at BATS theatre,
November 19-23rd 2019.
You can help us 'get over the wire' by donating to our
crowdfunding cam-paign on Boosted.
You can also support us by circulating this link to our website to
your friends and whanau: https://janbolwell.com
Organising: a pre-Christmas group booking:
Or, promote us on Facebook:
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Handstand Productions, a theatre company created by Jan Bolwell,
has been devising and touring theatre works around New Zealand for
the past 20 years. The works have been created by Bolwell - three
solo shows about her family - Standing on my Hands, Here's Hilda!
and Bill Massey's Tour-ists, and three multicast plays dealing with
historical figures, such as Frances Hodgkins, Lucia Joyce and Freda
du Faur. She has worked with talented dramaturgs and directors and
designers who have helped her bring these works to the stage. Ralph
McAllister, Kerryn Palmer, Annie Ruth, Li-sa Maule and Nicole
Cosgrove, among them; and actors such as Perry Piercy, John
Wraight, Emily Regtien, Isobel McKinnon, John Smythe and dancer and
choreographer, Sacha Copland.