MY BEST DEAD FRIEND

This is a story about my best friends. 
Ok, no, this is actually mostly a story about me.

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Extraordinary joys and sorrows, extraordinary rebellions and submissions.
— The West Australian
Hilarious and refreshing
— Perth Arts Live
 
 
Authentic and brilliant
— The Australia Times
frank-hearted, charmingly performed, thoroughly entertaining
— Theatreview, NZ
 

December, 1998. Dunedin.
High summer in a town where there isn’t a lot to do.
This is a comedy about death, revolution, unfulfilled love, and a possum.

My Best Dead Friend is a true story about heart-breaking grief and enduring friendship featuring a soundtrack from The Verlaines to the Backstreet Boys, and the words of Tuwhare, Baxter, and Bishop. It’s a joyful comedy from a heavy heart.

An “authentic and brilliant” storytelling comedy show, My Best Dead Friend is created by Anya Tate-Manning (Hudson & Halls Live!) and Isobel MacKinnon (Best Director, 2015 NZ Fringe Festival). It was first performed in 2016 at Perth Fringe World at the prestigious Blue Room Theatre, where it was nominated for the West Australian Arts Editor’s award.

CrEATED BY ANYA TATE-MANNING & ISOBEL MACKINNON
WRITER / PERFORMER: ANYA TATE-MANNING
directOR / POSSUM: ISOBEL MACKINNON
PERFORMANCE DESIGNER: MEG ROLLANDI
DRAMATURG: JO RANDERSON
 

WINNER
Best of Fringe [NZ Fringe Festival 2018]
Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award [NZ Fringe Festival 2018]

NOMINEE
The West Australian Arts Editor's Award [Perth FringeWorld 2016]
Meg Rollandi for The Fringe Grand Design Award [NZ Fringe Festival 2018]
Anya Tate-Manning for Outstanding Performer [NZ Fringe Festival 2018]

 
tackles big subjects with a light touch. Its deceptively simple, clever and well worth seeing.
— Pantograph Punch, NZ
 

SEASONS

ESCAPE! Festival
2 - 3 June 2018
Baycourt Theatre, Tauranga

WELLINGTON
5 - 9 March 2018
BATS Theatre as part of NZ Fringe

MATCHBOX 2017
12 - 22 July 2017
Q Theatre

PERTH FRINGE WORLD
9 - 13 February 2016
Blue Room Theatre


Some of the ways the chalk and projection is used in the work:

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All production stills by Peter Jennings