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Performance by renowned storyteller Michael Hurst, a modern take on one of the great classics.

About this event
Freely adapted from the notorious original by Apuleius, this brand new solo show is the story of Lucius - a young man driven by sexual desire and insatiable curiosity who is accidentally transformed into a donkey. Uh-oh!

What follows is a fantastical series of misadventures in a wicked world of witches, bandits, virgins, cultists, slaves, circuses, soldiers, pastry-cooks, prostitutes and priests.

Marvellously, sidesplittingly ridiculous, The Golden Ass is the original donkey show, inspiring such literary giants as Shakespeare, Boccaccio, Cervantes, Rabelais and Keats. It remains today a powerful plea for empathy in a world gone mad.

With music and direction from acclaimed composer John Gibson, and performance by renowned storyteller Michael Hurst, this modern take on one of the great classics will be a rollicking ride, well worth the fare.

Rating: Adult themes. Not suitable for children.

Michael Hurst:

Michael Hurst (No Holds Bard, The Daylight Atheist) brings his renowned dramatic and comedic skills to this 2000 year old text. Expect vivid, fantastic and ever-so-human characters that use, abuse, seduce and sometimes revere The Golden Ass.

"Michael Hurst is magnificent ... At once vulnerable and flawed, hedonistic, enigmatic, wily, and strangely likable.” - Theatreview

“... a true voice, a genuine star in spoken, live theatre.’ - Waikato Times

“...a towering performance by Michael Hurst that may well itself pass into legend. ... a masterpiece, flawlessly enacted by a master storyteller" - Theatreview

Hurst is the quintessential Fool, the prophet, the storyteller ... only the most heroic actor would take on such a task” - Radio 16

Event Date

10 July 2022

Starting: 07:30 PM


Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall

Physical Address

33 Buckingham Street


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  • Price Info: General Admission
  • Suitable for Groups? YES