$36 - $40
The Court Theatre's Box Office is open Mon - Fri 11am - 1pm, or you can book tickets online
Based on the book by
Adapted for the stage by
Mel Dodge, Lyndee-Jane Rutherford & Bevin Linkhorn
Covid-19 Update: due to the extension of Level 2, Rants in the Dark is now running from 26 September – 3 October for one week. You can read more about these changes here.
"Parenting is hard. And awesome. And the best thing ever. And it's so hard. And amazing. It's a mess of contradictions and we can't get through it alone. Let's get through it together."
Following sell-out performances across the North Island, blogger Emily Writes' best-selling book Rants in the Dark takes to the stage in Christchurch.
Emily’s heartfelt and hilarious writing explores her parenting experience, offering comfort and connection to other exhausted parents all over the world. Honest, authentic and laugh-out-loud funny, the play is full of the things that every parent thinks at 4 o'clock in the morning, but would rarely be brave enough to say out loud.
- Adults: $40
- Senior: $38
- Group (6+), Supporter or Subscriber: $36
"Rants in the Dark is a well-staged, cleverly-lit, dynamic reimagining of the book, packed as it is with visual humour, imaginative props and resourceful use of digital backdrops."
Fiona S Giles
"The resounding feedback from mothers who watch this show is 'I feel seen'. But this show is definitely not just for mothers; it is for anyone who knows a mother, or has one, or has ever been a baby. The subject matter is relevant, provocative, and unfiltered. The feelings are real. The stories are true. Now that we’re finally allowed to enjoy the theatre again, book your tickets, and share the experience with someone who needs a good laugh (and maybe a night off from their kids)."
"Anyone who has ever been a baby needs to see this play. "
"Sometimes it turns out the movie - or play - is just as good as the book. Rants in the Dark is a hilarious play for anyone, not just new mothers"
"The mother of all theatrical experiences. Rants In The Dark is a profoundly joyous experience – there are belly laughs – but the best bits I think is when you can hear a murmur from the audience. You can feel the nods, you hear acknowledgment of a point, whether wiping at an eye or stifling a guffaw, the audience moves and feels with the words, swept up and away due the efforts of the performers and the care from the writers and director."
"Rants in the Dark managed to make me, childless and solitary as I am, cry four times and laugh hysterically throughout. I can’t imagine what it will do to those who have actually sat up at 3am just like Emily Writes, wondering if they’re doing a good job – and from what I gathered from the show, they are."
Cast & Crew
Babes in Arms Matinee
Covid-19 Update: our Babes in Arms matinee has been rescheduled to Saturday 3 October at 2pm.
On Saturday 3 October at 2pm, we'll be running a Babes in Arms matinee!
Perfect for new parents, you'll have the chance to bring your young baby (12 months and under) to sit on your lap during the performance.
Please note: children over this age are not permitted. Babies must be seated on ticket-holders knees during the performance. Rants in the Dark is not suitable for toddlers or older children as it contains strong language and adult themes.
Enjoy Dinner at the Theatre
Make a night of it by enjoying dinner at the theatre! G&T Catering will be offering delicious pizzas, platters and other snacks before the show. To ensure service, we recommend arriving at the theatre at least an hour before showtime (the foyer will be open an hour and a half before each show) where you can place your order at the bar. Please note: you cannot take any hot food into the auditorium or bring your own food to The Court.
Platters & snacks
Antipasto Platter - $25
Brie & blue cheese, chorizo, shaved ham, nuts, chutneys, grapes and rice crackers (GF)
Seafood Platter - $26
Smoked salmon rosettes, salt and pepper crumbed hoki, tempura prawns, salt and pepper squid, served with tartare sauce and fresh lemon
Vege Platter - $25
Olives, feta, crudités, sun-dried tomato, woodfired capsicum and grilled garlic pita, served with hummus and tzatziki (V) *Can be GF upon request
Fried Vege Nibbles - $12
Cocktail spring rolls, samosas, falafel bites and spicy vegetable wontons, served with aioli and sweet chilli (V)
Pumpkin and Mozzarella Arancini $8
Roast pumpkin and mozzarella arancini balls, served with garlic aioli (V)
Straight Cut Fries - $8
A bucket of straight cut fries served with aioli and tomato sauce (V, GF)
Cake in a Jar - $6
A delicious dessert served in a jar, with two options available:
Lemon Meringue - vanilla butter cake, lemon curd, and swiss meringue icing
Snickers Bar - chocolate cake, caramel butter cream, chopped peanuts and chocolate sauce
Margherita - $16
Housemade tomato sauce, mozzarella, cracked pepper and basil pesto drizzle (V)
Hawaiian - $17
Housemade tomato sauce, champagne ham, crushed pineapple and mozzarella
Mediterranean - $17
Housemade tomato sauce, olives, sun-dried tomato, chopped cashews, diced feta, mozzarella and basil pesto drizzle (V)
Salmon - $20
Housemade tomato sauce, smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, lemon zest and mozzarella
Chorizo - $20
Housemade tomato sauce, chorizo, caramelised onions, woodfired capsicum, mozzarella and hickory BBQ sauce
*GF - Gluten Free, *V - vegetarian. Please advise your waiter about any allergies or dietary requirements. Please note: some items in the menu are subject to seasonal availability.
We are committed to keeping our guests and teams as safe and comfortable as possible, which means we have made changes around the theatre.
This performance will be staged in our auditorium, where we're regularly sanitising surfaces, including cleaning seats and tables thoroughly between performances. We have also placed hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the foyer.
We also ask for your support in keeping our theatre clean and safe, and encourage you and all of our guests and employees to:
- Always practice good hygiene and wash your hands frequently
- Place rubbish in the bin at the conclusion of your performance
- Cover coughs/sneezes, dispose of tissues and make use of the available hand sanitiser
- Refrain from attending the theatre if you're feeling unwell to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for everyone