Handstand Productions is a theatre company that tours plays written and produced by Jan Bolwell. To date five of her plays have toured extensively throughout New Zealand.
‘Standing on my Hands‘ is a solo play that tells the story of her father’s adventures as an escaped prisoner of war during WW2. ‘Here’s Hilda‘ , also a solo play, dramatises the life of her larger than life grandmother, Hilda Gardiner.
‘Double Portrait‘ , a three hander, pays tribute to the life of New Zealand’s most famous ex-patriate artist, Frances Hodgkins. ‘Dancing in the Wake‘ , also a three hander, is based on the life of Lucia Joyce, daughter of the renowned Irish writer, James Joyce.
‘Bill Massey’s Tourists‘, solo play, which toured from 2014-2018, tells the story of her grandfather’s experiences on the western front in WW1.
‘Taking the High Ground’ Jan’s latest play, is a four hander that tells the contrasting stories of Freda du Faur, the first woman to scale Aoraki/Mount Cook in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Lydia Bradey, the first women to scale Mount Everest solo and without the aid of oxygen. The play was premiered at Bats Theatre, Wellington December 2017.