• Abby Howells weaves together stories of female comedians from history with her own tales of triumph, foolishness and heartbreak. In this award-winning show you will laugh, you will cry and you will not be impressed by Abby's ventriloquist skills, but she will do it anyway.

    ★★★★1/2 - Weekend Notes, Adelaide
    "...Funny as hell and the sort of voice we desperately need... HarleQueen is one of my favourite shows this year." - Erin Harrington, Theatreview   

    "A firecracker of a comic... [Howells] manages to work her way into our hearts and impart more than a little wisdom" - Backstage Christchurch

    “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


    WINNER: Director's Award, NZ International Comedy Festival 2021

    WINNER: Weekly Comedy Award, Adelaide Fringe 2020

    WINNER: Emerging Artist, Adelaide Fringe 2020

    WINNER: Peter Harcourt New Playwright of the Year, Wellington Theatre Awards 2019

    WINNER: Best Comedy, Dunedin Fringe 2019

    WINNER: Adelaide Tour Ready Award, NZ Fringe 2019

    COMMENDED: 2019 Green Light List, NZ Fringe

    NOMINATED: Outstanding Performance, Dunedin Theatre Awards


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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.



    Kate Schrader is an award-winning producer and performer based in Ōtepoti, NZ. We like her very much.



    (On Maternity Leave)

    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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