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Toi Wāhine 2019 – Soft N Hard

Friday, 20th September, 8:00 pm - Saturday, 21st September, 10:00 pm

Soft N Hard is a complex, challenging and riotously funny exploration of the tensions and imbalances between male and female gender roles in a modern world. 

Married for ten years, performers Jo Randerson and Thomas LaHood use their finely-tuned clowning skills and the authentic awkwardness and vulnerability of their own relationship to bring a relatable and indelibly comic touch to the curly questions of gender politics.

Jo was working on a solo performance about how women have to hold themselves to accommodate others, and Thomas was working on a solo performance about how men hardly have to do anything at all. So inevitably, they decided they should explore both sides live on stage. What could possibly go wrong?

Described by their eldest son as a play about “Two monsters who turn into people and then have a lot of fights” this show keeps audiences guessing – it’s wild, loose, comedy that twists the knife. Radical, fun and anarchic, it breaks down held beliefs, lets audiences loosen up and see things from a different perspective.

Jo Randerson and Thomas LaHood are the creative team behind Barbarian Productions (known for a radically progressive approach to theatre) and together they run their independent theatre business, create their art, and raise their two children. Their lives are inextricably intertwined. 

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Friday, 20th September, 8:00 pm
Saturday, 21st September, 10:00 pm


The Meteor Theatre
1 Victoria st
Hamilton, New Zealand