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Paragon Dreams

Fri Jun 10th, 2022

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PARAGON DREAMS is a dark tale of courage and love featuring original music from UK composer Joe Roper, directed for the UK by Mark Babych.

A rich combination of original soundtrack, spoken word and theatre, this is a breath-taking contemporary take on the noir thriller genre; ‘two parts family drama, one-part Lynchian mystery’. Ullyart shapeshifts her way through an intricate maze of characters, seen through the eyes of edgy protagonist Hannah Stirling- a young woman on a quest to discover the events that lead to her mother’s death in mysterious circumstances 15 years ago.

Created in May 2019 with Hull Truck Theatre, UK, the show received brilliant reviews, heralding Ullyart as a contemporary visionary to watch. A RADA trained actress, writer and band front-woman, she is no stranger to collaboration in New Zealand and the UK.
Hester says “I wrote Paragon Dreams as a modern take on those mystery dramas we all love so much - this time through the eyes of a young woman with a secret, who is searching for answers, even though they may be hard to hear- because in order to move on we must face our fears. Noir has so much in it- it’s full of intrigue, loss, strength, survival…and it has storylines that keep you on the edge of your seat.
We want to reel New Zealanders in to a tangible, relatable world with a twist- and come out feeling like they’ve had a really intense, amazing experience that will stay with them forever. You can’t beat a good story, for gig-goers and theatre-lovers alike.'

A fiercely talented writer/performer, Ullyart’s charismatic character portrayals and rich emotional expanse, combined with her vividly poetic rhythmic script and the beating pulse of
Joe Ropers’ original soundtrack ensures Paragon Dreams is a powerful story of love, deception and survival of the highest caliber.

Witty, dark and visually beautifully with a haunting composition and an incredible central performance, this is one show that will stay with you in dreams.


alternative, art/noise, blues, classical, electronic, hester ullyart

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