The Valentina The Valentina
Aotearoa NZ

The Valentina

  • Theatre
  • Family
  • World Premiere
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A gorgeous interstellar adventure for anyone who’s looked to the stars and imagined the cosmos.

With the help of her awesome parents, 8-year-old Ellen, paints a spaceship she has drawn at school on her bedroom ceiling. As darkness falls and the moon rises, the ship comes to life. Joining Ellen on board are new friends and trusted crew members Yuri Gagarin, Neil Armstong, Laika the space dog, and the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova.

Ellen goes on an extraordinary adventure that takes her past the edge of the unknown and onto the surface of an alien planet, Vitanonan X. Acclaimed theatremaker Anders Falstie-Jensen pays tribute to the extraordinary imagination of kids who manage to stretch mightily to keep their feet on the ground as they reach for the stars.

Relaxed Performance
Sun 10 March, 12.30pm (pre-show demonstration) & 2.00pm show
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Audio Described Performance
Sun 10 March, 12.30pm Touch Tour & 2.00pm Audio Described Performance
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*Child - 14 and under
Recommended for ages 8-12
Contains darkness, smoke/haze effects and moments of alien horror

From $25.90*

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  • Thu
    Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
  • Fri
    Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
  • Sat
    Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
  • Sun
    Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre


75mins no interval

50 Mayoral Drive,
Auckland 1010

+64 9 309 2677


The Valentina was commissioned by Auckland Live as a world premiere for Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki Auckland Arts Festival 2024.

Supported by


Writer and Director
  • Anders Falstie-Jensen
  • Wesley Dowdell
  • Ross McCormack
  • Talia Pua
  • Bronwyn Turei (Ngāti Porou)
Set Design
  • John Verryt
Lighting Design
  • Jane Hakaraia (Ngāti Ruakawa)
Costume Design
  • Elizabeth Whiting
Sound Design
  • Sean Lynch
Puppeteer and Puppet Designer
  • Jon Coddington
Stage Manager
  • Chiara Niccolini
Production Manager
  • Chiara Gabrielli
  • Simon O'Connor
Graphic Designer
  • sūn+müller
Electro Wizard
  • Rob Larsen
Model Maker
  • Phil Gregory
Set Builder
  • Grant Reynolds


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