• "Our Indisputable Queen of Fools"

    A one-woman celebration of female fools, written and performed by Abby Howells and directed by Anya Tate-Manning. HarleQueen is a night of theatre, fun and stories about cool ladies.


    Also, Abby may juggle (unconfirmed).


    Using a variety of comedy styles HarleQueen will take the audience on a journey through the history of female comedians in this vaudevillian-style one woman show. Join the HarleQueen in celebrating the women who blazed the trail for females in comedy!


    "There is no shortage of laughs as we empathise with the experiences..." - Theatreview, NZ Fringe Season


    "Every moment of this journey has been a delight... And the rapturous audience is with her – oh boy, are we with her!!" - Theatreview, Dunedin Fringe Season


    "...An assured and commanding presence that is reminiscent of Lucille Ball." - Theatreview, Abby's earlier work

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    2019年3月24日 · 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...
    2019年3月3日 · Review,NZ Fringe
    "HarleQueen is a must see show for any aspiring female comedian. If you’re a funny woman that has loved to perform and be silly, or has felt like an awkward outcast, this show will be like looking in the mirror. It’s a chance to look back and learn about the stories of the comedy giants that came...
    "HarleQueen threads stories and experiences through two major dimensions: the personal journey of Abby Howells and the history of salient women in the performing arts.... There is no shortage of laughs as we empathise with the experiences. We celebrate victories, big and small, and we...
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  • The HarleQueen Team

    Abby Howells

    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


    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


    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.

    Bekky Boyce

    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.


    28-29 September at 2pm.

    University Book Shop Otago

    Tix: $10-15 from Eventbrite


    1-5 October at 6:00pm

    BATS Theatre

    Tix $15-20 at bats.co.nz

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