Memories and regrets explored in Scott play

By Otago Daily Times | Posted: Wednesday July 8, 2020

Laughter and tears flow in iconic New Zealand play, The Daylight Atheist, by award-winning satirical cartoonist Tom Scott.

During this month and August, Arts on Tour New Zealand presents a comprehensive tour of this fiercely funny one-man play, starring Michael Hurst.

The Daylight Atheist will be staged in the Clarkson Studio at Dunedin’s Regent Theatre on Tuesday, July 28, at 7pm.

An instant hit when it premiered in 2002, The Daylight Atheist explores the world-view of ageing Irish raconteur Danny Moffat, who has retreated from the harsh light of the world to his bedroom.

There, under hoardings of old newspapers and beer bottles, he sorts through a lifetime of memories and regrets, from growing up as a boy in Ireland, to the hopes and disappointments of immigration to New Zealand.

Tom Scott’s inventive and hilarious play is a stirring portrait of his father, a deeply flawed yet charismatic bloke.

Arts On Tour NZ organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and regional centres throughout the country.

The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand as well as support from Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust of Southland, Interislander, Otago Community Trust, Rata Foundation and the Southern Trust.

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