My Best Dead Friend

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 10 October - 12 October 2019
Category Live Event

Riverside presents Zanetti Productions
Created by Anya Tate-Manning and Isobel MacKinnon

Get your best friends together for a night out at the theatre with a special play that celebrates all of life’s precious moments.

Come on a trip down memory lane to 1998 and join Anya and her friends, a group of teenagers living in the furthest part of the Southern hemisphere, Dunedin, as they navigate the highs and lows of growing up.

Direct from New Zealand comes this award-winning, heart-warming story about enduring friendship.

From relatable experiences, to 80s and 90s pop culture references, this is a play about life’s precious moments, wild adventures, possums on the roof and a desire for rebellion, brought to life by an energetic one-woman performance and live chalk drawings.

Featuring a soundtrack from Bob Dylan to the Backstreet Boys, My Best Dead Friend is a mix of comedy, drama, laughter, tears and nostalgia.

Awards and Accolades

The Summerhall Award – Melbourne Fringe 2018
Best of Fringe – NZ Fringe Festival 2018
Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award – NZ Fringe Festival 2018

The West Australian Arts Editor’s Award – Perth FringeWorld 2016
Meg Rollandi for The Fringe Grand Design Award – NZ Fringe Festival 2018
Anya Tate-Manning for Outstanding Performer – NZ Fringe Festival 2018

FYI This production contains mild coarse language. Suitable for ages 12+ years. Please ensure that you arrive to the theatre early as there will be a total lock out for this show after the first 10 minutes.

Photos by Philip Merry

Created by
Anya Tate-Manning and Isobel MacKinnon

Anya Tate-Manning

Director/Stage Manager
Isobel MacKinnon

Performance Designer
Meg Rollandi

Jo Randerson

Touring Technician
Owen McCarthy

Zanetti Productions

“Extraordinary joys and sorrows, extraordinary rebellions and submissions.” – The West Australian

“Hilarious and refreshing.” –

“Authentic and brilliant.”

“…frank-hearted, charmingly performed, thoroughly entertaining.” – Theatreview, NZ

“…tackles big subjects with a light touch. Its deceptively simple, clever and well worth seeing.” – Pantograph Punch, NZ


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Dates and Times:

Thursday 10 October 2019 at 7:45pm
Friday 11 October 2019 at 7:45pm
Saturday 12 October 2019 at 2:15pm & 7:45pm


1 hour (No interval)

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