New Zealand National Tour 2019


From October to November 2019, The South Afreakins was chosen to be part of New Zealand's largest theatre festivals, including the Tauranga Arts Festival, Nelson Arts Festival and Arts on Tour. With daily performances in over 15 cities from the North Island to the tip of the Southern Island, the Impi Theatre Company had the pleasure of visiting beautiful rural New Zealand, performing and selling out in some of the largest stages known to solo-shows,  and learning to drive the very windy roads!


"A brilliant piece of observational storytelling brought to life by a talented performer"...Read More 


-Lisa Allan, Theatre Review



"A beautiful performance, packed with comedy [and] a wonderful hit of a heart-touching story "...Read More 

Tauranga Arts Festival



Putaruru (The Plaza Theatre) | Opotiki (Senior Citizens Hall) | Picton (Picton Little Theatre) | Golden Bay (The Playhouse) | Hokitika (Old Lodge Theatre) | Stewart Island | (RSA Pavilion) | Alexandra (The Stadium Tavern) | Bannockburn (Coronation Hall) | Twizel (Twizel Events Centre) | Geraldine (Lodge Theatre) |

Ashburton(Ashburton Trust Event Centre) | Lincoln (The Laboratory) | Upper Hutt  

(Expressions Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre) |

New Plymouth (4th Wall Theatre) |

Coromandel (Hauraki House Theatre) | Whitianga           

(The Coghill Theatre)        

Living Room Performances 

The South Afreakins and The South Afreakins: The Afreakin Family are both accompanied by beautifully simplistic set and lighting meaning we have the joy being able to perform it in your living room! Let The Theatre Come To You! Don't believe us? Watch our audience reaction videos to see what they thought. 

Interested in hosting a Living Room Performance in your living room? Get In Touch with the team and we'll send you the details. 

The South Afreakins Podcast

In the lead up to Edinburgh 2019, The Impi Theatre Company made a podcast featuring actress and founder Robyn Paterson as well as special guests. Click on the link below to hear about all things theatre, art and South Afreakin!

London Live 

The Cafe 

Latest Reviews: The South Afreakins: The Afreakin Family

Sue In The Stalls: The South Afreakins: The Afreakin Family ★★★★★

Invest just an hour of your life in this hugely entertaining piece and it’ll reward you with something to think about, laugh about and tell all your friends about for a long time to come...Read More

LondonTheatre1: The South Afreakins: The Afreakin Family ★★★★

There's plenty of laugh out loud moments in this sharp, witty and poignant production...Read More

Latest Reviews: The South Afreakins

DeadlineNews: The South Afreakins ★★★★

The South Afreakins is a fun and unexpectedly heart-warming comedy which is truly made for an international audience...Read More


The Spy In The Stalls: The South Afreakins ★★★★★

The South Afreakins is a one-woman show of exceptional one-woman-ness. She is confident, technically brilliant, writes superbly and plays her roles entirely convincingly...Read More 

The Stage: The South Afreakins review at Spotlites ★★★★

The idea of an elderly white South African couple making a new home in New Zealand offers an unexpected angle on migration. There’s a razor-sharp edge to the comic observations in Robyn Paterson’s snappy solo show about the older generations losing their roots...Read More

LondonTheatre1: The South Afreakins at The Vault Festival ★★★★

This show was devised beautifully and it is clear that the writing was well thought out.The time Paterson took to separate each character was brilliant. Her characters are well developed and the story was emotionally heart-breaking...Read More

The Hook: The South Afreakins ★★★★★

IIngeniously witty and comedic, we gain a solid 60-minute insight into South African life and the daily pressures experienced by a white farming couple. The play cleverly exemplifies how society shapes personality and behaviour, and in a very short time we develop compassion for both characters...Read More

Tearaway: The South Afreakins ★★★★★

The South Afreakins, a homegrown, sell-out show that won awards in the Edinburgh Film and London Vault Festivals last year. The poignant comedy is about a South African couple emigrating to New Zealand and coming to terms with a different life, far from their original home... Read More

The Mortal View: The South Afreakins ★★★★★

Paterson plays the roles incredibly well, switching from grumpy, slouching Gordon to chipper Helene in an instant – and none of the dialogue or plot is lost just because she is playing both roles...Read more

Bouquets & Brickbats: The South Afreakins ★★★★★

The South Afreakins is a duologue performed as a monologue, a two-hander expertly performed by a single actor. And, my word, it’s really very good indeed. Robyn Paterson is a playwright and actor, and she’s clearly talented in both fields...Read More


New Zealands Top Theatre Performance, 2017

Best Monologue - Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2016

Edinburgh Reporters Pick of the Fringe- Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2016                            Best Newcomer - Sydney Short and Sweet Festival, 2013



London VAULT Festival 2017 Media + Reviews
VAULT Media Reviews.pdf
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Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 Media + Reviews
Edfringe Media Reviews.pdf
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