Foxton Little Theatre's mid-year production tells the tale of a 'heartland' family in the New Zealand drama Home Land.

The play, penned by renowned playwright Gary Henderson, tells the story of a family faced with the difficult decision of moving their widowed 80-year-old father into care from the farm on which he has spent his entire working life.

Spokesperson Lisa Collinson said the memories of years gone by, family tensions and recriminations all surface in the play.

"[It is] a heartwarming tale which will be familiar to most audiences," she said.


The production is a solo directorial debut for Ryan Burnell and has resulted in the play being brought to life with vision and passion for the theatre, Collinson said.

An experienced cast includes Carl Terry, Matt Kilsby-Halliday, Polly Pyefinch, Mike Pyefinch and Petrina Paxie along with talented newcomer Sophie Taylor.

The play itself has attracted glowing reviews for Henderson, including being described as confirming his "ability to extract significant truths from the minutiae of familiar Kiwi experience" by

"It is a simple and unremarkable scenario, finely worked for the tensions and confusions that come from too much caring and too few ways of explaining," the review says.

Home Land opens at 7:30pm on Friday 9th August at the Little Theatre, Main Street Foxton.

It runs each Friday and Saturday until 24 August.

Bookings can be made at Property Brokers, Foxton. Phone 06 3630022. Ticket prices are $25 (show only) and $45 for dinner and the show on Saturday only.