An Almighty Yes by Emma Lange

Performing Arts + Theatre

An Almighty Yes by Emma Lange
April 19, 2024


Apr 20, 2024
$25 waged | $20 unwaged

SECOND SHOW ADDED. Magical things can happen when you're diagnosed with a brain tumour! Emma Lange brings this one-of-a-kind solo comedy home to Queenstown, after wowing the big cities and winning ardent fans like Dame Jools Topp. Friday 19 April, 7pm and Saturday 20 April, 7pm | PUĀWAI | $25/$20

“This is a show that’s not just about trying to be funny. It’s about saying something to the people in the audience, that you have to be brave." Dame Jools Topp

When doctors diagnosed pioneering comedian Emma Lange with a malignant, incurable brain tumour, her humour saved her from dark days and tough times. From the depths of that experience comes AN ALMIGHTY YES, a solo show combining absurdist comedy with honest testimony from a performer returning to the bright lights for the first time in years.

Co-produced by Emmy-nominated composer Jason Smith, AN ALMIGHTY YES is a cancer journey like no other. Along with music, audience participation and deeply personal storytelling, the one-hour show features Emma performing a range of outrageous characters including the Deaconess Fanny Bribery, who casts out Beelzebub while wearing comfy brogues. Other highlights are a dancing sausage and hot Donny, Emma’s inflatable boyfriend.

The joyful result is a cloudburst of fresh air and enlightenment – a theatrical uplift for anyone dealing with big life challenges. AN ALMIGHTY YES is an original new work from a re-emerging and much-loved comedian, demonstrating the power of the mind to maintain optimism and positivity in the face of the worst kind of news.

“Illness is everywhere, affecting nearly every household, yet is so often treated like something that should be handled in private. This is bonkers,” says Emma. “My brain tumour has led me to have utterly remarkable experiences. AN ALMIGHTY YES is inclusive and joyous, whilst not shying away from the realities of life and death. It’s a real opportunity to connect around the struggles that life contains, whether it be disease, middle age, separation, grief or Covid.”

Emma Lange is a comedian’s comedian. Her absurdist stand-up routines were an unmissable fixture of the 1990s “Classic” comedy scene amid a talented crop of contemporaries like Rhys Darby, Michèle A’Court and Justine Smith, who says of Emma: “We are all just choo-choo trains on the track she laid down”. She’s written for numerous TV comedies, hosted shows on More FM and Radio Live, and has long been a Topp Twins collaborator. The call of the southern wilderness has often taken her far from urban stages, which makes an hour-long solo Emma Lange show a rare and exciting prospect indeed.

About Emma Lange, creator and performer

Emma has written and performed professionally for TV and theatre since the early 1990s and is a regular Topp Twins guest star, touring with them and playing Lynda Topp’s stunt double on screen. An experienced broadcaster, she has hosted breakfast and morning shows on More FM and overnight talkback on Radio LIVE (MediaWorks). Until recently she was managing director of Glenorchy Country Radio 89.2FM and frequently works as an MC. She hails from Southland and divides her time between Queenstown, Leigh, and a hunting hut in Haast. She was diagnosed with grade three astrocytoma in 2016 and underwent a craniotomy.

About Jason Smith, composer and collaborator

Jason Smith is an Emmy-nominated composer, music editor, writer and producer with 25 years’ experience across a diverse range of local and international projects.



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