And So It Goes – Fringe Festival


Written by and starring Cally Castell and Ruby Lyon Directed by Jennifer Ward-Lealand


“Today is the day I’m going to change the past.”

Audrey, a passionate runner determined to outsmart the past, is on a journey to repair a

memory. It’s a memory that plagues her – the memory of the last conversation she had with

her sister, Jemma. Through explosive music and a kaleidoscope of intriguing characters, our

story follows Audrey as she navigates the murky labyrinth of grief. Can Audrey let go of the

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ghost? Or can a runner never really give up the race…?


On the intimate stage of Backbeat Bar, this brand new two-hander original musical fuses

cabaret, gig theatre, and traditional musical theatre to explore themes of grief, loss, hope

and longing in progressive and provocative ways – sometimes dreamlike, often off-kilter,

with lashings of mischief. And So It Goes is rich, raw, and darkly comedic. Writers Cally

Castell and Ruby Lyon are excited to push the boundaries of storytelling through song, and

are particularly passionate about creating new musical theatre in New Zealand and finding

our unique kiwi voice.


Castell states: “I’ve always been drawn to writing about grief. The subtle and lingering regret

and pain that can live in our gut for years, colouring our every move, gnawing at us, laughing

with us, unresolved and potent. Some things can be only expressed through music. This

show is an example of that belief. And, as kiwis, how quick (or reluctant) are we to burst into



Theatre veteran Jennifer Ward-Lealand is at the helm as director, after mentoring Castell

and Lyon at The Actors’ Program in 2015. A stalwart of the theatre scene in Aotearoa, Ward-

Lealand brings her invaluable years of experience and craft to this project. Multi-talented

musician-actors Andy Manning and Alex Walker complete the cast on keys and percussion.

Ruby Lyon’s recent credits include the sellout devised show Flaps at The Basement, The

Rocky Horror Show in Hamilton, and has sung in many prolific concerts and events across the

North Island, including “The Lyon Sisters in Concert” and “An Evening With George Henare”.

Lyon currently filming a role on Shortland Street.


Cally Castell’s theatre credits include H.M.S. Pinafore (National Tour) and One Man Two

Guvnors at The Court Theatre, Short and Sweet Festival (Gala finalist), and Hotspot cabaret as a singer-songwriter. As a composer she most recently workshopped her original musical

Grace as part of the Christchurch International Musical Theatre Summer School, under the

mentorship of Luke Di Somma.


The creators have stated: “We are so excited to fuse together these different forms of

musical storytelling to create something a bit different and special. What we hope to have

made for our audience is a lighthouse for anyone riding the waves of grief. The waves will

come and go. And you are not alone.”


Presented as part of Auckland Fringe festival from 21st February – 12th March 2017.

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