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Unmissable international events at ANZFA

Portrait of Tim Minchin.
Black and white portrait of Arooj Aftab.
A collage of portraits pieced together to create a person with a crown on.
Portrait of Patrick deWitt.
Portrait of Tim Minchin.

An Unfunny* Evening with Tim Minchin and his Piano

8 – 9 Mar 2024 | St James Theatre

It may be difficult for Tim Minchin to hide his well-developed funny bone when he presents ‘An Unfunny* Evening with Tim Minchin and his Piano’ at the St James Theatre. The Aussie’s hilarious songs have cracked up audiences and racked up millions of views online.

The set list will be fluid and the show will have an unplanned, informal ‘evening with’ vibe. He’ll chat about his craft and perform songs from his ‘serious’ 2020 studio album, ‘Apart Together’. Audiences will also enjoy hits from his acclaimed musicals, ‘Matilda’ and ‘Groundhog Day’.

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Black and white portrait of Arooj Aftab.

Arooj Aftab

14 Mar 2024 | Michael Fowler Centre

Be spellbound by the emotional and innovative music of boundary-breaking artist Arooj Aftab. Winner of the 2022 Grammy Award for Best Global Music Performance, Aftab combines tradition and innovation to create “spellbinding music” (The Guardian). The Pakistani-American singer, composer and producer draws on everything from jazz, to minimalism, to Pakistani semi-classical. Aftab has performed at Coachella, Primavera Sound, and Glastonbury. Her single ‘Mohabbat’ was on Barack Obama’s official 2021 Summer Playlist, and scored her a Grammy and was named as one the best songs of 2021 by Time and The New York Times. 

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A collage of portraits pieced together to create a person with a crown on.

Lost Lear

Tāwhiri Warehouse | 14 to 17 March

Critically acclaimed Irish theatre maker Dan Colley presents ‘Lost Lear’, a moving and darkly comic play. It’s told from the point of view of Joy, a person with dementia. Joy is living in an old memory of rehearsing Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’. This visually stunning production uses puppetry, projection, and live video. Each medium works together to show how the past and present, fiction and reality can overlap and distort.

Catch this “brilliantly conceived and executed” (Irish Examiner) production at new Festival venue, Tāwhiri Warehouse.

ANZFA — Lost Lear
Portrait of Patrick deWitt.

Patrick deWitt: Aging Playfully

Embassy Theatre | 25 February

Canadian novelist Patrick deWitt speaks with Megan Dunn about the joy of fully-fleshed minor characters, the artistic potential of the flashback, and never being too old to learn new tricks. With a “penchant for weirdos and non-heroes” (RNZ), deWitt is the award-winning author of five novels. ‘French Exit’ is a national bestseller. ‘The Sisters Brothers’ is a New York Times bestseller and was short-listed for the Booker Prize. ‘Undermajordomo Minor’ and ‘Ablutions’ were both critically acclaimed. He has just released ‘The Librarianist’, about retired librarian Bob Comet.

ANZFA — Patrick deWitt:Aging Playfully