The performers of The Wisp, Roger Sanders, Pete Foley, Doti Young, Lisa Allan, Felicity Yates, Daniel Allan and Jennifer Arai. Photo: Charles Anderson.

Family show for intrepid audiences


An original story of a courageous soul who leaves the comforts of their life to follow a mystical creature is coming to delight family audiences these school holidays.

The Wisp treats audience members to the folktale of the wisp, which manifests as mysterious lights that can sometimes be seen floating above swamps.

The show’s creator Lisa Allan says the story follows a character who decides to follow the lights.

“Along the way they meet wacky characters and travel on unexpected modes of transport until eventually they come face-to-face with the Wisp,” she says.

The rotating cast is made up of professional performers ranging from musicians, improvisers, actors and visual artists.

“While the show is not explicitly made for very young children, they will enjoy the music and characters,” Lisa says.

She says the show is best suited to school-aged children and their families. There is a special family pass rate of $40 (two adult/ two child or one adult/ three child) and booking is highly recommended.

For the extra daring out there, the company is also offering a 10pm show on Saturday of July 21, just for the adults.

“Who knows where The Wisp will take us at 10pm,” Lisa says.

This show has been created with the support of the Nelson Creative Communities Scheme, Villa Grove, InRhythm and Bay Landscape & Garden.

The Wisp, Thursday 19 July, 11am, Saturday 21 July, 6pm, Saturday 21 July, 10pm (adults only), Sunday 22 July, 6pm at Ghost Light Theatre at 144 Bridge St.

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