An antique magic lantern projector, an iPhone 6 and a live musical score shine a new light on Samuel Butler's classic sci-fi novel. A Victorian explorer discovers a colony of refugees, time-travellers from the 21st Century escaping their dependence on its technology. 

This delightful neo-historical head-scratcher playfully welds future, past and present into a glittering bracelet of time. A multimedia collaboration between Magnetic North and Kiwi playwright and newly-qualified magic lantern showman Arthur Meek. 

Featuring an original musical score played live by New Zealand pop powerhouse Eva Prowse. 

Written and performed by Arthur Meek
Music composed and performed by Eva Prowse
Slide images created by Sharon Murdoch and Emily Thomas
Directed by Nicholas Bone and Geoff Pinfield

Erewhon premiered at the Christchurch Arts Festival in 2017 and is a co-commission between Magnetic North and CAF. Arthur Meek was writer-in-residence with Magnetic North in 2016 in partnership with Playwrights' Studio Scotland while working on Erewhon. The residency and commission was supported by Playmarket New Zealand and Creative New Zealand.




A sharp look at our present-day society ... a real treat …
Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
Taps into an all too current attempt to rewind the clock on old ideas of empire while effectively taming the natives ...
The Herald
Meek's new Erewhon is a sublime achievement …
The List
The mix of technologies on display is both entertaining and thematically satisfying ...
Broadway Baby