Things That Matter
by Gary Henderson, adapted from the memoir by Dr David Galler
17 AUG - 29 AUG 2021 — Theatre
Auckland Theatre Company
1 hour 40 mins, no interval
For more than 30 years, Dr David Galler has worked on the frontlines of New Zealand’s health system at Middlemore Hospital and in its highest reaches as an advisor to the Ministry of Health. His 2017 memoir, Things That Matter: Stories of life & death, shines a powerful light on the extraordinary patients he met and the struggles our society faces in caring for them.
Now, New Zealand playwright Gary Henderson brings Galler’s best-seller to the stage, expertly weaving stories of his life and of his Jewish Polish immigrant parents, who survived the Holocaust. With dramatised incidents to immerse us in an insider’s realities of intensive care, Things That Matter explores the most challenging decisions that doctors, families and society face.
At a time when matters of life and death consume the headlines and our thoughts, Auckland Theatre Company is proud to present the world premiere of the compassionate, illuminating Things That Matter.
Things That Matter was commissioned and developed by ATC
Tue 17 Aug 7:00 PM PreviewBuy Tickets
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Thu 19 Aug 7:00 PM Opening NightBuy Tickets
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Sat 28 Aug 2:00 PM NZSL InterpretedBuy Tickets
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Sun 29 Aug 4:00 PM Audio Described & Touch TourBuy Tickets
Special Events @styleClass>
Monday, 2 August, 6:30pm. FREE EVENT. Auckland Theatre Company Studios, 487 Dominion Rd, Mount Eden, Carpark & entry off Brixton Road. Discover the world behind the curtain, find out what takes place in the rehearsal room at these behind-the-scenes talks with the director, designers, and cast of each show.
Sunday, 22 August, 2:45pm. SOLD OUT. Raise your theatre experience to the next level by attending this informative pre-show event. Listen to a special guest speaker discuss a deeper aspect of the play while enjoying a glass of wine and afternoon tea in the picturesque Villa Maria Gallery at ASB Waterfront Theatre. You'll also need to purchase a ticket to the show if you wish to attend the performance after the event. These events sell out quickly so booking is essential.
Read the book before you see the play!
The book Things That Matter by Dr David Galler is available to purchase from the box office.Buy the book
Accessible Performances @styleClass>
All mainstage shows in the Auckland Theatre Company 2021 season have an NZSL Interpreted and an Audio Described performance, which give Deaf and hard-of-hearing, and blind and low-vision patrons the opportunity to enjoy the shows. Audio Described and NZSL Interpreted performances are open to all as they do not change how shows are presented.
How to Book
All tickets to accessible performances are $20 each for Deaf, hard-of-hearing and blind/low-vison customers. One companion ticket per Deaf, hard-of-hearing and blind/low-vison theatregoer is also available for $20.
Please contact the box office on (09) 309 3395 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book Audio-Described or NZSL-Interpreted performances, touch tours, wheelchair-accessible seats, or if you have any special requirements.
Audio Described & Touch Tour
Sunday 29 August. Touch Tour 2.30pm. Audio Described performance 4.00pm. Audio Described performances provide a live audio commentary by passionate professionals from Audio Described Aotearoa Ltd as they describe the actions onstage. This commentary is relayed to blind and low-vision patrons via an earpiece which can be booked in advanced and picked up from the theatre box office. Touch Tours are held one and a half hours before the show. Patrons can walk through the set, touch props, feel costumes and familiarise themselves with visual and sensory materials in the performance.
Saturday 28 August 2.00pm. As part of NZSL Interpreted performances, a trained interpreter from Platform Interpreting signs dialogue from the actors on stage to Deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons in the audience. The interpreter works closely with the show’s script, cast and director to match the lines and action onstage as well as the tone, attitude and body language of the actors. Special seats are reserved for Deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons, so they have a clear view of the interpreter signing towards them.