Love of the Nightingale

The Love of the Nightingale Event as iCalendar

(English, Drama and Writing Studies, School of Humanities)

12 September 2018 - 15 September 2018

Venue: Drama Studio, Humanities Building (Room 325, 14a Symonds Street)

Contact info: Emma Willis

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Written by Timberlake Wertenbaker | Directed by Sara Brodie | Performed by the students of DRAMA 202

The Love of the Nightingale is a contemporary adaptation of the ancient Greek legend of the rape of Philomela by her brother-in-law Tereus, and the bloody revenge she undertakes along with her sister, Procne. The play’s messages are particularly relevant in 2018. With its heavily feminist look at the ancient tale, The Love of the Nightingale dives head-first into the true nature of violence and the relationship between gender and power. It asks what happens when we don’t ask questions, when we don’t speak up and when we allow the vulnerable to be silenced.

Timberlake Wertenbaker is a playwright, screenplay writer and translator who has written plays for both the Royal Court and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her most well-known work, Our Country’s Good won six Tony nominations for its 1991 production. She often writes using controversial themes in response to a particular prejudice or social wrong doing.

The director of the UoA production of The Love of the Nightingale is Sara Brodie, a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate whose work spans musical theatre, opera, theatre and dance. She has an MA in Theatre from Victoria University and specialises in Laban Movement Analysis. She has directed and choreographed over eighty productions, including shows for: New Zealand Opera, Melbourne Arts Festival, Auckland Theatre Company.

The Love of the Nightingale is the major undergraduate production for the Drama programme. Students perform and take on all the production roles involved in staging the work. The class of Drama 202 hopes you enjoy their version of The Love of the Nightingale.


  • 12-15 September, 7.30 pm
  • Matinee Saturday 15 September, 2pm


  • $10 students and unwaged
  • $20 waged

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