a one-woman celebration of female fools, heading to AUCKLAND
    as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival 2020

    “A funny, warm, sad, heartening, joyful celebration of self” - Sonya Stewart, Dominion Post

    “ As inspirational as it is hilarious...” - Terry MacTavish, Theatreview

    “Delightful, educational, meaningful, and most of all, hilarious.” - Kate Norquay, Art Murmurs

    ★★★★1/2 - Weekend Notes, Adelaide


    WINNER: The Peter Harcourt New Playwright of the Year, Wellington Theatre Awards

    WINNER: Best Comedy, Dunedin Fringe
    WINNER: Adelaide Tour Ready Award, NZ Fringe
    COMMENDED: 2019 Green Light List, NZ Fringe
    NOMINATED: Outstanding Performance, Dunedin Theatre Awards


    12-16 MAY 2020 at THE VAULT, Q THEATRE


    After multiple sell-out, award-winning seasons nationwide, HarleQueen is coming to Auckland! Join Abby Howells and her hilarious celebration of the trailblazers in women’s comedy in a night of theatre, fun and stories about cool ladies.


    Also, Abby may finally juggle (unconfirmed).


    "Howells' show that will make you laugh till your stomach hurts. It's also a show that will move you in the most unimaginable of ways. It will teach you the sheer dedication and formidability portrayed in the examples highlighted by Howells throughout the show that makes female individuals in the performing arts and comedy scene fierce for all the right reasons. Howells' infectious personality and absolutely gorgeous New Zealand accent will rope you into just under an hour of a show that tackles serious issues in the industry in a manner that will educate, enlighten, and entertain"


    - Tema, Weekend Notes Adelaide

    7pm Tuesday 12 - Saturday 16 May
    The Vault at Q Theatre
    Tix $15-20 from


    Tix from comedyfestival.co.nz


    Releases, reviews, and more

    "Abby Howells’ HarleQueen is mini-history lesson folded into personal storytelling slash standup comedy routine. After its successful original run during Wellington and Dunedin Fringe, where it swept up a few awards, it’s returned in preparation for its Adelaide tour next year. And it’s the...
    October 2, 2019 · Review,Pick of the Fringe
    "Each year BATS does a Pick of the Fringe season. As one of this year's three shows, award winning writer/performer Abby Howells returns in HarleQueen. A vaudevillian-style performance, there is plenty to entertain with songs and skits, tales and dance. Ventriloquist dummy and the worst/best...
    March 24, 2019 · Review,Dunedin Fringe
    "I have seen all too many (mostly male) comics shamble their way through a pretty incoherent account of how they have ended up boring us with their life story – nothing remotely like this tight, polished show, impeccably directed by Anya Tate-Manning, that deftly employs all manner of charming...
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    Writer / Performer

    Abby Howells is an award winning comedian and writer, and a founding member of female comedy collective Discharge. Past productions include 28 Days: A Period Piece, Benedict Cumberbatch Must Die, and Glocknid: Dwarf Warrior, which won her the award for Best Newcomer at the Wellington International Comedy Festival.



    Anya Tate-Manning was last seen at the Fringe with her own solo show My Best Dead Friend, for which she won the 2018 award for 'Best in Fringe'. Its return season earned her the Michele Amas Accolade for Outstanding Performance at the 2018 Wellington Theatre Awards.



    Jennifer O'Sullivan is an award-winning performer and producer in Wellington, NZ with a long history of making things up as she goes along. She is happy to be here.


    Operator and Lighting Design

    Bekky Boyce is a blur of a human, working many jobs and being rad at all of them. She is a Wellington based tech and creative, and can often be found working yet another great show at BATS Theatre.


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