Pure and Deep | Herald Theatre | Aotea Centre | Auckland Live
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Pure and Deep
by Toa Fraser

Wednesday 12 - Sunday 23 November
Live at Herald Theatre | Aotea Centre - view seat map (PDF)
$20.00 - $45.00*

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Dave met Venus in ’98. She worked at the gym and he scooped popcorn at the local multiplex. Back then, there was no Facebook. Lord of the Rings hadn’t even started and the All Blacks were on a losing streak. There was no 9/11, no credit crunch. The gap between rich and poor was smaller. The impact of climate change was years away.
The world has changed a lot since then. It’s noisier. It’s hotter. It’s hyper connected.
Venus and Dave have changed too.
Venus dreams of opening her own Yoga studio, of creating a calm, off-the-grid space at Kare Kare, Bethells or Piha. Dave has returned home from London to work as a Transmedia producer for a big-budget film project on the west coast.
They meet again after Dave gives a speech at TEDX Auckland. Even though things ended a little bit awkwardly last time they saw each other, they start talking. 
And so begins the tale of Venus and Dave. 
Pure and Deep is an independent sequel to Bare, Toa Fraser’s iconic debut play. Surprising, moving and completely contemporary Pure and Deep faces the modern-day quandary of how to find meaningful, lasting relationships in a hyper-connected world. 
I wanted to do something simple, something clean. I wanted to do something that talks about now, but has its roots in Mt. Roskill, in Bare and No. 2, those plays I wrote a generation ago. I realised the way to do it was to reconnect with those charming, confused characters Venus and Dave, from Bare. I’m thrilled to be bringing a new play to the Auckland stage. It’s been too long” - Toa Fraser.

“Pure and Deep is a symphony… reflective and brilliant…Fraser really is one of this country’s most important storytellers.” - Metro
“Flawless, standout performances...deserves to become a new Kiwi classic of live performance.” - Keeping Up With New Zealand
“In terms of it being a sequel to Bare, I'm hoping for a third. Maybe even a fourth.” – Pantograph Punch
Great substance and wonderful comedy …illuminating, confronting, honest and upfront.”  - Theatreview
Running time
85 minutes duration, no interval.

Ticket Information
Full $45.00*
Concession (student, senior citizen, Actor’s Equity) $35.00*
Group 6 + $35.00*
Preview Wed 12 November $20.00*
*Service fees apply

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