Past Event10 Mar - 13 Mar 2022

Truth and Lies

No longer available

The Civic


UPDATE 9 Feb 2022: On behalf of  AUCKLAND ARTS FESTIVAL, we regret to announce that due to New Zealand moving to RED under the COVID-19 Protection Framework, Truth & Lies at The Civic Club has been CANCELLED.

Thu 10 March 2022, 8.00pm
Fri 11 March 2022, 8.00pm
Sat 12 March 2022, 5.00pm
Sat 12 March 2022, 9.00pm
Sun 13 March 2022, 5.00pm

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“Better to be slapped with the Truth than kissed with a Lie.” 

After the roaring success of AAF 2021’s Heavenly Bodies, which 'reached heights previous Arts Festival cabaret fixtures were never able to meet' (NZ Herald), writer and creative director Emma Herbert Vickers is back and teaming up again with AAF Artistic Director Shona McCullagh for an all-new, dazzling Cabaret extravaganza. 

Truth and Lies dances through the light and shadows of naked truth, bare-faced lies, and the complexity of everything in between. Aerialists and acrobats will leave you awestruck with flying leaps of faith – suspending belief as you get caught up in the threads of their tangled web. 

With live music, dance, ancient skills, and modern twists, this is a Cabaret of performance art at its most exciting, most daring, most magnificently raw, and revealingly honest. 

Leading you on this merry dance is the return of our wickedly wonderful MC, Lizzie Tollemache, with a mega-talented cast including Golden Girl Hannah Tasker-Poland, The Ever-Changing Boy, superstar B-Boy Ducky Kim, The Dust Palace, and some secrets yet to be revealed. Our bespoke band with the fabulous Brady Peeti adds powerhouse soul, rock, and pop songs by Annie Lennox, John Lennon, the Sex Pistols, The Rolling Stones, and more into the mix. 

Your friends and a drink are all you need for this guaranteed hilarious, naughty, and spectacular night out! 


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