Gravity & Grace Gravity & Grace
Aotearoa NZ

Gravity & Grace

  • Theatre
  • World Premiere Season

By Eleanor Bishop & Karin McCracken

Everybody fails, sometimes spectacularly. Few write a fearless book about it.

"A triumphant portrayal of failure" Max Rashbrooke - The Post

Brimming with daring intellect, humour, and slick visual and sound design, this savvy new play by the award-winning duo behind Body Double, Jane Doe and Yes Yes Yes is based on a work of thrilling autobiographical fiction by American writer Chris Kraus.

Before penning the cult feminist classic I Love Dick, Kraus shot an ill-fated film in Tāmaki Makaurau in the mid-90s, which she then chronicled in her book Aliens & Anorexia. Weaving in the writings of French philosopher Simone Weil alongside a free-wheeling retrospective of other ‘failed’ artists, her story traverses Berlin, Andy Warhol’s New York, Marseilles and Aotearoa, in a bid to understand what it means to not succeed.

Artist Talk
Ticketholders attending the show on Sunday 24 March, 3.00pm will be able to attend a post-show talk with Eleanor Bishop and Karin McCracken at 5.30pm.
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Recommended for ages 13+
Contains mature themes, including sadomasochistic sex and eating disorders.

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  • Thu
    Rangatira, Q Theatre
  • Fri
    Rangatira, Q Theatre
  • Sat
    Rangatira, Q Theatre
  • Sat
    Rangatira, Q Theatre
  • Sun
    Rangatira, Q Theatre


2hrs 30min inc interval

305 Queen Street
Auckland 1010

09 309 9771


The development of Gravity & Grace was supported by Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki Auckland Arts Festival and Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts.

Supported by

“Refreshing and reassuring insights into fallible humanity superbly presented”

John Smythe, Theatre Review

“A triumphant portrayal of failure”

Max Rashbrooke, The Post


Adapted from the book 'Aliens & Anorexia' by
  • Chris Kraus
  • Eleanor Bishop
  • Nī Dekkers-Reihana (Ngai Tuteauru
  • Ngā Puhi)
  • Simon Leary
  • Karin McCracken
  • Sam Snedden
  • Rongopai Tickell (Kāi Tahu
  • Ngāti Toa Rangatira)
Performance Designer
  • Meg Rollandi
Video Designer
  • Owen McCarthy
Composer & Sound Designer
  • Emi 恵美 Pogoni
Lighting Designer
  • Rob Larsen
Stage Manager & Technical Operator
  • Natasha Thyne
Video Programmer
  • Rachel Neser (Artificial Imagination)
Production Management
  • Khalid Parkar (Pilot Productions)
  • Melanie Hamilton
Set Build
  • Tāwhiri Workshop:
  • Alasdair Watson
  • Duncan Perratt
  • Ollivier Ballester
  • Mika Turnbull
  • Allan Rockell
  • Geoff Goss
  • Alejandro Ariza
  • Giovanni Maule
Dialect Coach
  • Perry Piercy
Intimacy Direction
  • Todd Emerson
Promotional Photography
  • Isadora Lao
  • Andi Crown


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