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‘, ┬ásolo 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.

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1 year ago
Taking the High Ground

Lydia Bradey arrived in Wellington yesterday and some of the production team - Annie Ruth, Sacha Copland, Emily Regtien and Jan Bolwell had a wonderful session with her. Lydia shared photos, stories ... See more

1 year ago
Bill Massey's Tourists

Technician Neal Barber's first purchase on tour, just in case we are in unheated theatres. Then we have the after show garb. Don't be fooled by the glass of milk. He has already had a few wines!

1 year ago

Did a performance yesterday for friends and family before hitting the road with Arts on Tour New Zealand. It was marvellous to have eminent military historian Chris Pugsley in the audience. Had a ... See more

1 year ago
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Jan Bolwell will be interviewed about Bill Massey's Tourists this Friday at 1.40pm by Eva Radich on Radio New Zealand's Concert programme.

1 year ago

Jan Bolwell will be interviewed about Bill Massey's Tourists this Friday at 1.40pm by Eva Radich on Radio New Zealand's Concert programme.

2 years ago

In two weeks time I will be on the road with Bill Massey's Tourists as part of the Arts on Tour New Zealand programme.
First stop Whanganui!

2 years ago

Bill Massey's Tourists is playing throughout the country in September this year as part of the 2017 Arts on Tour New Zealand programme. Centres to be visited include: Paraparaumu, Whanganui, New ... See more

3 years ago
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Bill Massey's Tourists comes to Napier for 2 shows only on June 25 at 2pm & 6pm at The CAN - Creative Arts Napier. Bookings: 06 835 9448 or bookings@thecan.co.nz