Friendship experiment with theatre company from the streets

Press Release – Hobson Street Theatre Company

A Friendship experiment with the theatre company from the streets

The award winning Hobson St. Theatre Company in association with the Auckland City Mission is back for another Fringe season at the iconic BATS.

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Making friends isn’t easy. In this experiment, last year’s NZ Fringe award winners for “Best Directed Chaos” are going to see if they can make friends with people in the audience in just one hour. A show about how we make friends, and what it means to be one.

“Regardless of who you are or where you come from, it’s friends that get you through life. I truly believe a strong friendship is one of the most important things in life.” Prof. Peter O’Connor, Director.

Remember when the test of a friend was swapping a sandwich for one of yours? When you’re all grown up, making friends isn’t as easy as that. Making friends with someone you think you might not have much in common with is even harder. The Hobson Street Theatre Company, in association with the Auckland City Mission, are back again with a challenging piece of theatre for the Fringe because that’s what friends are for.

As an internationally recognised expert in applied theatre, Professor Peter O’Connor has worked with marginalised communities in several countries. This is his first time working with the Hobson Street Theatre Company.

“I wanted to work with this company because of the quality of the work that had gone before. I’m excited. I want to work with people that don’t often have a forum to talk about what they know about the world.”- Peter O’Connor

Whether you are living on the streets or governing the country from the Beehive, isolationism is something we all struggle with, perhaps now more than ever. HSTC will be exploring this theme as they always do – with raw honesty, humour and the ability to challenge people’s perceptions.

“I truly believe the world would be a better place if more people saw your shows.”- audience member

Presented as part of NZ Fringe festival from 1 – 23rd March 2019.

For the full programme visit

That’s What Friends Are For plays
Dates: 8 – 10 MAR/6.30pm
Venue: BATS Theatre
Tickets: $14 – $20

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