Upsurge Festival Presents


20th of SEPTEMBER 2022 @ 6:00 PM


Direct from the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe, New Zealand comedian Abby Howells weaves together stories of female comedians from history with her own tales of triumph, foolishness and heartbreak. In this award-winning show you will laugh, you will cry, you will not be impressed by Abby’s ventriloquists skills, but she will do it anyway! HarleQueen is directed by Anya Tate-Manning, who appeared at Upsurge 2019 with her one-woman show My Best Dead Friend.


Winner – Festival Director’s Pick – NZ Comedy Festival 2021

★★★★1/2 – Weekend Notes, Adelaide Winner – Best Comedy – Week Four 2020, Adelaide

Fringe Festival Winner – Emerging Artist 2020, Adelaide Fringe Festival

‘The feeling you leave the theatre with is triumph. Ten out of ten’ Craccum‘Funny as hell and the sort of voice we desperately need. HarleQueen is one of my favourite shows this year.” –  Theatreview

‘A firecracker of a comic’ – Backstage, Christchurch

Don’t miss this irreverent Comedy at Upsurge 2022!





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