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Back to Square One?

25 Aug 2022 to 29 Oct 2022
One Danish Nan can change your outlook on life
Event type: 
Live event, Show, Theatre


The Rebel Alliance invites you into 95 year old Inga's living room in Denmark as she reaches out through space and time to her grandson in New Zealand.  Inga has seen world wars, cold wars and civil wars, in real life and on TV.  When you're close to 100 you know a thing or two about a thing or two.

The thoughtful and delightfully unique solo production originally made to be performed in parks and driveways is heading on tour, with performances in Wellington, Whangārei, Hawke's Bay, Christchurch, and Auckland. 

Created by Anders Falstie-Jensen to be performed outside his home as a way of bringing his neighbours back together following the first Covid lockdown, Back to Square One? quickly went on to be performed throughout the motu by different actors in a variety of settings, indoors as well as outdoors.

Shortlisted for the 2020 Adam Award for Best New NZ Play, the story was inspired by conversations with Anders' own grandmother and interviews with his neighbours during the lockdown. Anders will once again be at the helm as actor for this nationwide tour to tell a story that weaves the Norse myth of Ragnarok into a unique story of disasters, family and unexpected connections.

Get invited into 95-year-old Inga’s living room in Denmark as she reaches out through space and time to her grandson in New Zealand. Inga has seen world wars, cold wars, civil wars. In real life and on TV. And when you’re close to 100 you know a thing or two about a thing or two.

Featuring lots of chalk and a cameo by a Viking God, Back To Square One? is about the misdirected urgency that sometimes drives us all. Because let's face it, every now and then all you need is an old lady to set you straight.

              Beautifully crafted, it will bring a smile to your face long after you leave the theatre.” - Theatreview 

About Anders Falstie-Jensen

Originally from Denmark, Anders has a vast background as a producer, writer, director in Aotearoa New Zealand.  In 2006 he co-founded independent theatre company The Rebel Alliance, which despite any actual business plan or formal strategic direction is still going strong after 16 years.  

As a playwright he won the 2015 ADAM Award for 'Best new New Zealand play' for his work Centrepoint about Bert Potter's notorious spiritual commune.  In 2018 his highly experimental solo show Watching Paint Dry was nominated for 'Most Innovative Production at the 2018 New Zealand Fringe Festival and his 2020 collaboration with the Hobson Street Theatre Company, Let Me Tell you about Auckland, won 'Best Community Engagement'.

Written by

Joy - Operations, The Big Idea

3 Aug 2022