Theatre (poetry, international)

  • Summerhall - Cairns Lecture Theatre
  • 20:25
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Restriction)
  • Country: New Zealand
  • Group: Carrie Rudzinski and Olivia Hall
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Strong language/swearing
  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Fierce, feminist, and f*cking funny. Women are frequently told they are too emotional – too hysterical – to be taken seriously, to be leaders of countries and companies, to be believed when pointing to their own hurt. Hysterical challenges these myths with poetry that confronts body politics, systemic sexism, and weeping uncontrollably in the supermarket. Winner of Best New Aotearoa Play and Outstanding Performance Poetry at Auckland Fringe. Internationally acclaimed poets Carrie Rudzinski and Olivia Hall deliver powerhouse performances that will leave you feeling empowered and alive.

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Stepped entrance: Once into the courtyard, get to the front of the Royal Dick Pub, take the alleyway to your left, around the back of the large tent. Through the doors; the venue is then up the stairs. Lift entrance: in the reception of the main building, a duty manager will take you up the main half lift, through the galleries, into a level lift, through the dissection room and to the Cairns. Please contact [email protected] if you would like to use this accessible route.
  • Wheelchair access type: Wheelchair accessible (please contact the venue for more information)

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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How and when to make an access booking

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  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

CINDY D'ANDREA 41 days ago

Beautifully scripted, genuinely delivered with heart, grace, opinion, joy, laughter and pathos. Some shows preach and they are one note at that preaching and you get it pounded in your head and then you stop listening. This is a show that poetically, gorgeously and cleverly penetrates our brains, our souls, our hearts. WE get to choose how we feel about what they are saying; they set the table and we enjoy the meal. Thank you, ladies! Just brilliant!

Tatie Scone 51 days ago

What a raw, authentic, intimate show this is. Hidden gem of Summerhall, these incredible performers will move and inspire you unlike anyone else. Don’t walk! Run to see this. Electric writing, much deserved standing ovation when we saw it, happy and sad tears, genuine laughter. Left with a sense of hope and relief. Brilliant…

Gavin Jolliffe 55 days ago

What a great show this is. Highly recommended.

I loved every minute of it and left with the uncomfortable realisation that my eyes have been wide shut to the pain and anguish of marginalisation for far too long.

Joanna Simmons 57 days ago

This show is incredible. The writing is searing, hilarious, and heartfelt. And both poets are also fantastic performers in how they recite their writing, and in their banter between pieces. Empowering, supportive, creative and inspiring. Bring your best friend!

Madison Cronin 58 days ago

Make sure you see this show! Hysterical is brillirant. It is an unapologetic showcase of raw emotion, presented by the witty, intelligent and wonderful Carrie Rudzinski and Olivia Hall. TAs an audience member, this show offers an empowering and cathartic experience. So go and laugh, cry and connect with these two epic humans. I will be going to see this one again.

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The Skinny (3/5 stars) 41 days ago

Both comforting and confronting, with a heartfelt core.

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@theroamingreader 45 days ago

Exactly what I needed to hear, in the moment I needed to hear it. As if the universe had gifted me a favour.

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