April's Fool

[Due to Covid19 Level Restrictions we have had to reschedule the performances for April's Fool to between Tuesday 9 November, 2021 and Saturday 13 November, 2021. Any ticket holders will automatically have their tickets transferred to the corresponding new dates, and will receive communication about this soon.]

Hawke’s Bay Youth Theatre presents a powerful work of verbatim theatre, written by Australian playwright David Burton. Described as charming, intelligent, ambitious and honourable, Toowoomba teenager Kristjan Terauds, died on April Fools Day 2009 after complications from illegal drug use.

Kristjan’s story is hardly a standalone tragedy and is a disturbingly common one in our community. Using the words of Kristjan’s friends and family interviewed over many months, and inspired by the journal of his father, this is a powerful story of love, loss and sadness, with touching humour.

It is intimate, moving, thought provoking and sometimes confronting, but ultimately an optimistic reflection on the choices we make and how they affect those we love. April’s Fool is at various times clinical, vulnerable, comical and deeply spiritual. It brings the real voices of real people into the performance space, bearing a potent message for the audience and a wakeup call for the wider community.

Carefully supported and guided by directors Peter Cottrell and Champa J. Maciel, the actors of Hawke’s Bay Youth Theatre are proud to share this deeply human experience and invite you to actively participate in this discussion with the rangatahi of our community.

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Ticket Types

Opera House tickets have NUMBERED SEATING
(A Reserve, or B Reserve Sections)
All other tickets are GENERAL ADMISSION

Concession: Gold Card Holders, Community Service Card Holders & Full Time Students with ID
Child: 12 Years & Under (selected shows only)




Tue Nov 9th18:00 - 19:25
Wed Nov 10th18:00 - 19:25
Thu Nov 11th18:00 - 19:25
Fri Nov 12th18:00 - 19:25
Sat Nov 13th18:00 - 19:25


Keirunga Theatre


Adult $29.00

If you have any issues buying your tickets, please contact the festival office on 06 651 2487 between the hours of 9am – 4pm or email the team

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