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.


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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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Fine tuning and workshopping can be essential to great script development. Watch this space for more information…


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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