Winston’s Birthday: The Play

Secrets are revealed, resentments released and new understandings formed in this fresh and funny perspective on an iconic and larger-than life family.

It’s 1962 – the Beatles have their first hit, James Bond his first film – and Randolph Churchill is holding a luncheon party to celebrate the 88th birthday of his admired but estranged father. Sir Winston is a fading force and there is unfinished business in his loving but dysfunctional family.

Meanwhile, the socially inept Dr Jenkins, a newly appointed research assistant to Randolph, is pursuing his own agenda and forms a surprising bond with the wily Winston.

Watch at the Fortune Theatre Dunedin running from 12 March until 2 April

Directed by Lara Macgregor

Featuring Hilary Halba, Geoffrey Heath, Jonathan Martin, Yvonne Martin and Roy Snow.

The Otago Daily Times interview with author Paul Baker about the show.