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Flightless Birds – a new work from Catalyst Theatre Company

( The boys are off on the trip of a life time to Europe – they just have to make it to the airport and then they’ll be away laughing. What could possibly go wrong?

From the company that brought you TWACAS (The West Auckland Cardigan Appreciation Society) and A City of Souls comes the new play from Sam Berkley, Flightless Birds.

Flightless Birds, a show examining the greatest of all Kiwi traditions – ‘The Big O.E.’ – is on at The Musgrove Studio from 13 – 21 April at 8pm.

Bill and the boys have been talking about this trip for years and it’s finally here. It’s the night before and everything is all set to go as long as Joops doesn’t forget anything. He does have a reputation for being a bit unreliable, but surely this time he’ll be fine.

However, when Joops unwittingly brings Simon’s ex-girlfriend along things naturally become a bit tense and Bill finds himself struggling to keep the peace.

A Lotto win, a missing passport, betrayal and a pre-flight bender – suddenly the boys’ best laid plans are all coming apart at the seams. Can they pull it together or is the whole trip doomed before it even begins?

Flightless Birds stars Sam Berkley (Go Girls, Apollo 13 Mission Control), Ben van Lier (A City of Souls, A Suburban Murder), Chelsea McEwan Millar (Under the Mountain, Bliss) and Colin Garlick (A Suburban Murder, The Sex Show).
Of playwright and actor Sam Berkley Theatreview’s Joanna Davies says, “The man has one hell of a gift,” and comments that his debut play TWACAS was “tighter than an XS Argyle on an XXXL gent.”

Catalyst Theatre Company – a collective the NZ Herald dubbed as “an energetic and enterprising” – formed in 2007. The company produced their first work, A City of Souls, in 2008. Flightless Birds is the first of three works that comprise the company’s 2011 season.

Flightless Birds is on at The Musgrove Studio from 13-21 April at 8pm and 4pm on Sunday. To book tickets phone (64 9) 308 2383 or visit For more information visit

Media Release 25 March 2011 from Catalyst Theatre Company.



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