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We are proud to present Dark Dunedin: Heaven Looks On, a three-part thriller podcast, with a Gothic Dunedin as its beating heart. As you accompany the protagonist on her journey, you’ll discover – or re-discover – nostalgic, historic, and supernatural features of and in the city; the whoosh of Lamson pipes at Penroses Department Store, twinkling stars in the St James theatre, and Kēhua, sprites, and demons dancing under the moonlight in the Town Belt.

When a young woman’s body is discovered in the Dunedin Town Belt, Louise Hepburn finds herself haunted by both the case and her past. A single woman of middle age, she likes to believe that she is an invisible woman in the Edinburgh of the south.

Identified as a potential witness, Louise must now unlock the mystery, following different paths of light that pass through the prism of Ōtepoti, the place of the steep points at the bottom of the world.

Produced entirely in Dunedin with a star cast and original music, this project was launched as part of Dunedin Fringe Festival 2018, with a guided walk through the Dunedin town belt, and a few of the sites featured in the podcast. Otago Access Radio aired the podcast for the first time in its entirety on air 11 March, with the podcast becoming downloadable the following night.

Dark Dunedin: Heaven Looks On stars Julie Edwards, Dougal Stevenson, Phil Vaughan, Marama Grant, Robert Shand, Brian Kilkelly, Terry MacTavish, Matt Wilson, Margo Latton, Dimitri Latton, Cheryl Amos, Mark Neilson, Phoebe Smith, Lani Swann, Simon Anderson, and features original music by Marama Grant and Eliza Pickard.

Dark Dunedin has been made possible by massively appreciated assistance from Lesley Paris, Jeff Harford, and Dominic Angelo-Laloli at Otago Access Radio, Olveston Historic Home, Creative Communities (Dunedin), the Dunedin Fringe Festival 2018, and is proudly supported by Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature.


Also available via iTunes


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A twined tale of time, war, and love.

Written by Emily Duncan, Directed by Tabitha Arthur

Our premiere production Hold Me was staged at BATS theatre September 6th-10th 2016. The feedback was phenomenal and this won’t be the last you hear of the play. For more information about Hold Me and/or how you can support the continuing life of the show contact the PPP team.

Reviews:Theatreview – John SmytheDominion Post – Ewen ColemanArt Murmurs – Laura Ferguson

This project was undertaken with development assistance from Playmarket

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And funding assistance from EAT

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At Prospect Park Productions we are passionate about development and can provide script assessment and dramaturgical services.

PPP founder Emily Duncan is a dramaturge and holds a PhD in Theatre Studies from the University of Otago. Her thesis proposes Michel Foucault’s concept of heterotopia as a dramaturgical model – which sounds very flash – but at the heart of her work is a passion for story-telling and supporting others in telling their stories no matter the medium or the experience of the story teller.

Emily’s dramaturgical work includes What You Will (Zac Nicholls, Fortune Theatre 2017), advising a graduate Dunedin School of Art project (2017), the immersive character host production Journey of the Jura at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum (2018), and mentor/script advisor for the Fortune Theatre’s Studio 4 x 4 Emerging Playwrights Initiative (2017, 2018).

Please don’t hesitate to contact us regarding projects for which you would like dramaturgical support. We can offer a range of flexible packages depending on what you’re after, including:

  • Script assessment
  • Workshop support
  • On-going mentoring


Emily was a very fine Dramaturg whose assistance and guidance was always pertinent and extremely helpful.

Poet, comedian and Studio 4×4 playwright 2017 Ian Loughran

Emily Duncan was the Script Advisor/Dramaturg for my (BVA) Honours project (2017) and provided directorial/production support.

Emily was an absolute delight to have as a mentor, she shared her knowledge readily and was professional, and enthusiastic.

I am exceedingly grateful for everything she bought to my project, and would not hesitate in recommending her to anyone requiring support in this area.

Dunedin School of Art Graduate Shelley McConaughy

She is a genius…helping [me] think of the story in a narrative sense, getting the world and characters of the play not only funny and engaging but also cohesive and well rounded.

Playwright Zac Nicholls



Emily Duncan

Emily Duncan is a Dunedin, New Zealand-based writer, actor and director.

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H-J Kilkelly

H-J Kilkelly is a Wellington based producer.

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