The Owl and the Pussycat Sails to Auckland

Get ready to be swept away in a pea green boat to the wonderful Wintergarden at The Civic, with The Owl and the Pussycat, from 12 to 15 July.

An audacious cat falls in love, a timid owl sings to his small guitar, a celebrant turkey shakes his wiblet and a lonely piggy stands in a wood. This is one of the greatest love stories of all time; a tale of delight and wonder set in a vintage jazz club, for all ages.

Company of Giants has taken Edward Lear’s classic 1871 poem and transformed it into an inventive, vaudeville-esque performance for today.

An audience favourite at Wellington’s Fringe Festival, the adaptation features original songs mixed in with some old-time classics, as well as tiny explosions, a double bass and a moon you will fall in love with.

This vivacious little triumph is a joy to watch. Grab the kids and see it immediately”Theatreview

Company of Giants director, Laurel Devenie, says the work is about the possibility of finding companionship in a lonely world; about being loved for being different.

“We wanted to talk about a place where things that didn’t belong anywhere could belong,” she says.

“The characters are all eccentric and multi-dimensional. We enjoyed fleshing out their idiosyncrasies in a way that we hope is in keeping with Edward Leer’s absurd and romantic style.”

Auckland Live programmer Janelle Bish, says Company of Giants creates inventive work perfect for families and young people.

“We’re proud and thrilled to co-present the Owl and the Pussycat within the Auckland Live Kids programme, in the magical Wintergarden at The Civic,” she says.

The Owl and the Pussycat is directed by Laurel Devenie and Ash Holwell, and stars Lutz Hamm, Anthony Crum, Tomasin Fisher-Johnson, Mataara Stokes and Adam Ogle.

Company of Giants is a Whangarei-based theatre collective creating works that tour domestically. Previous works include Odyssey (first created with Northland Youth Theatre), Rangitahua and Giant Teeth (in collaboration with Auckland Theatre Company).

The Owl and the Pussycat is presented by Auckland Live in association with Company of Giants.

Wintergarden, The Civic

Thursday 12 July 10am and 1pm

Friday 13 July 10am and 1pm

Saturday 14 July 10am and 1pm

Sunday 15 July 9.30am and 11.30am

Tickets (service fees apply):
Child $19
Adult $25


For more information, photos and interview opportunities please contact: Penny Hartill, hPR, 021 271 424,

Editor’s Notes:

Laurel Devenie is a director, performer, teacher and theatremaker. She is a graduate of Toi Whakaari: The New Zealand Drama School and the John Bolton Theatre School. She has worked consistently throughout New Zealand in many different theatrical arenas and is currently part of the Shortland Street cast, playing Kate Nathan.

Laurel is the director and founder of Company of Giants (Odyssey, Giant Teeth, The Owl and the Pussycat, Rangitahua, Milk and Honey).  She has directed both text-based works and large scale devised pieces for Northland Youth Theatre (The Party, Thinning, Quarry, Odyssey, Empty City), ATC (Thinning, 1001 Mirrors and Giant Teeth), TAPAC, Prayas and Unitec. She is co-instigator of ONEONESIX in Whangarei – a developing community arts and performance space. She is committed to developing an audience in the Far North as well as continuing to create original exciting work for people of all ages.