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Casting announced for Anahera at the Finborough Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CASTING has been announced for the European premiere of Emma Kinane’s multi-award-winning new play Anahera, which runs at the Finborough Theatre from September 3 to September 28, 2019.

The line up includes Caroline Faber (as Liz), Acushla-Tara Kupe (Anahera), Jessica O’Toole (Imogen), Paul Waggott (Harry) and Rupert Wickham (Peter).

Previously Posted: The European premiere of Emma Kinane’s multi-award-winning new play, Anahera, runs at the Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season – from Tuesday, September 3 to Saturday, September 28, 2019.

Our children do as they’re told. That’s our family dynamic.

Eleven-year-old Harry Hunter is missing. While they wait for news, Anahera – a newly qualified Māori social worker – supports Harry’s distraught parents. But as the hours pass and the situation pushes everyone to their limits, Anahera is forced to take a stand.

Anahera returns to the Finborough Theatre where it was originally given a staged reading in Vibrant 2018 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights. In New Zealand, it was chosen for Auckland Theatre Company’s workshop Next Stage in 2015 and was a finalist in the Adam NZ Play Awards in 2016.

It premiered in September 2017 at Circa Theatre in Wellington, receiving rave reviews, and won Most Outstanding New New Zealand Play at the Wellington Theatre Awards 2017.

Playwright Emma Kinane is an award winning writer and actor. She is a graduate of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School and has worked as an actor, writer and director in theatre, television, film and radio. She has a Master’s Degree in Scriptwriting from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University.

Kinane’s writing includes co-writing the plays Turbine, Paua and The December Brother with the SEEyD Collective, her radio play Clouds which aired on Radio NZ in 2014, and short film Bastard, part of the 2018 anthology feature Encounters. Her latest play Micronation Street recently had a workshop and rehearsed reading at Circa Theatre, Wellington.

Anahera is directed by Alice Kornitzer, whose credits include Chummy (White Bear Theatre) which was nominated for four OffWestEnd Awards including Best Director, and Wuthering Heights (National Tour).

Anahera is presented by Sharp Image Company in association with Claire Evans and Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre, by arrangement with Playmarket New Zealand.

Also at the Finborough: the London premiere of Philip King’s 1970 play Go Bang Your Tambourine (until August 31, 2019).

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 01223 357851 (calls are free but there is a 5% booking fee) or visit