DAFFODILS is a heart-aching drama of a quintessential New Zealand marriage, told with iconic New Zealand music.
Leaving her dying father’s bedside, singer Maisie rushes to perform at an indie music gig in town. But as she sings the opening song, it’s hard for her to ignore the heartfelt story she’s just been told – the story of how her dad met and fell in love with her mother, and how it all devastatingly fell apart.
As the night goes on, we see the love story of Eric and Rose through Maisie’s eyes. From the time they meet in Hamilton in 1966 to their separation in the 1980s, we follow the bittersweet nuances of a couple’s life, expressed with contemporary re-imaginings of iconic hit songs of New Zealand artists including Crowded House, Bic Runga and Dave Dobbyn.
A love story unlike any you’ve ever heard.
DAFFODILS is based on the music theatre performance of the same name, created by Rochelle Bright (Writer) and Kitan Petkovski for Bullet Heart Club. It is a quintessentially Kiwi, bittersweet love story integrating a mixtape of iconic New Zealand songs, reimagined by Silver Scroll 2012 winner, indie band LIPS (Steph Brown and Fen Ikner) and Abraham Kunin.
Since the stage premiere in Auckland in March 2014, DAFFODILS has become one of New Zealand's most loved and critically acclaimed music/theatre crossover.
The play first toured New Zealand in 2015, and again in 2016 to sold out audiences. The New Zealand Herald said of DAFFODILS:
What may well be the quintessential Kiwi love story is brought to life in an utterly charming show that has intimate family history blended with a heartfelt tribute to New Zealand song writing.
Metro Magazine’s Simon Wilson concluded his rave review with:
Daffodils should play all over the country. It should play all over the world. It resonates so strongly as a piece of our own mixed up, precious culture, it should be our new national flag.
In 2014, DAFFODILS won an Auckland Theatre Award, was nominated for ‘Best Play’ by SWANZ and recognised with as ‘Best Debut’ by Metro Magazine. To date, the stage show has toured 12 cities, including eight arts festivals, playing to sold-out theatres, spiegeltents and opera houses across New Zealand – building audiences across the nation.
In 2016, DAFFODILS was selected to showcase at the Australasian Performing Arts Market in Brisbane and embarked on a three-week tour around Australia in May 2016.
In the same year, DAFFODILS was invited to the United Kingdom where it was performed at the Salisbury International Arts Festival 2016 and the Edinburgh Fringe. It went on to win the prestigious Scotsman’s Fringe First award.
The DAFFODILS stage play has won the following awards:
• Winner – Scotsman Fringe First Award, 2016
• The Irish Times Top 10 Shows at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2016
• Winner – Auckland Theatre Award, 2014
• Best Debut – Metro New Zealand, 2014
• Best Play Nomination – SWANZ, 2014
David Stubbs (Film Director) has worked with DAFFODILS Playwright and Screenplay Writer Rochelle Bright along with Musical Co-Directors Stephanie Brown, Fen Ikner and Emily Anderton (Script Editor & Co-Producer) to adapt the stage play into a theatrical film.
View the trailer and photo gallery here: https://www.transmissionfilms.com.au/films/daffodils