Jennifer Ward-Lealand: Theatre

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T H E A T R E

2016

Auckland actor in The Opening Night Before Christmas by Thomas Sainsbury and Chris Parker
Basement Christmas play (member of rotating celebrity cast, 13 December)

Glenn in Mannbannd by Michael Galvin
The Testing Ground playreading
Auckland Theatre Company (23 June)

Auntie Pie in The Book of Everything adapted by Richard Tulloch
from a book by Guus Kuijer
Director:  Sophie Roberts
Silo Theatre on tour
Hamilton, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts (18-19 March)
Napier, Municipal Theatre (12-13 March)
Palmerston North, Regent on Broadway (8-9 March)
New Plymouth, TSB Showplace (4-5 March)

Auntie Pie in The Book of Everything adapted by Richard Tulloch
from a book by Guus Kuijer
Director:  Sophie Roberts
Silo Theatre at Q Theatre (12-25 February)

2015

Kalonike in Lysistrata by Aristophanes, adapted by Michael Hurst
Director: Michael Hurst
Auckland Theatre Company (30 July-29 August 2015)

Pat Murdoch, Anna Murdoch, Rebekah Brooks, and ensemble in Rupert
by David Williamson
Director: Colin McColl
Auckland Theatre Company (29 June-19 July 2015)

Connie White in My Name is Gary Cooper by Victor Rodger
rehearsed reading
FCC, at TAPAC (28 March 2015)

Auntie Pie in The Book of Everything adapted by Richard Tulloch
from a book by Guus Kuijer
Director:  Sophie Roberts
Silo Theatre/Auckland Arts Festival (14-22 March)

2014

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa in Hauraki Horror by Tom Sainsbury and Chris Parker
Director:  Rachel House
The Basement (9, 10, 12, 18 December)

Vivian Johnson in Stutter and Scream by Sam Brooks (workshop)
Director: Gary Henderson
TAPAC/Q Theatre Vault (19-20 July)

Elsa Lanchester in Luncheon by Aroha Awarau
Director: Katie Wolfe
I'd Like to Thank Productions
The Basement (20-31 May)

Rita Angus in Rita and Douglas adapted by Dave Armstrong
Director: Conrad Newport
Armstrong Creative
Circa Theatre (2-12 April)

Singer in Brel
Director: Michael Hurst
Silo Theatre
'One Night Stand', Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall (4 March)
New Zealand Festival (26 February-2 March)

2013

Helen Clarke in A Basement Christmas Carol by Nic Sampson and Barnaby Fredric (16, 18, 20 December)
Director: Sophie Roberts
The Basement

Marion in Between the Sheets by Jordi Mand
Director: Sophie Roberts
The Large Group/Royale Productions at The Basement

Singer in Brel
Director: Michael Hurst
Silo Theatre
Tauranga Arts Festival (26-27 October)
Nelson Arts Festival (19-20 October)
Christchurch Arts Festival (31 August-1 September)
Taranaki International Arts Festival (27-29 August)

Diane Cassell in The Heretic by Richard Bean
Director: Alison Quigan
Auckland Theatre Company

Performer in White Rabbit/Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour
Silo Theatre (6 July)

Elizabeth in The Apology by Jodie Molloy
Director: Katie Wolfe
Working Titles playreading
Silo Theatre (5 April)

Performer in Love, Loss, and What I Wore by Nora Ephron & Delia Ephron
Director: Lara Macgregor
Fortune Theatre

2012

Singer in Brel
Director: Michael Hurst
Silo Theatre

Rita Angus in Rita and Douglas adapted by Dave Armstrong
Director: Conrad Newport
Armstrong Creative
Otago Festival of the Arts (5-7 October)

Andrea in The Smallest Universe in the World by Stuart Hoar
Director: Simon Bennett
"Making Scenes" playreading
Auckland Theatre Company

Sandy Stier in 8 by Dustin Lance Black
Director: Stacie Stetson
Love, Blood and Rhetoric Productions

Performer in The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs by Mike Daisey
Director: Shane Bosher
Silo Theatre fundraiser

Margrethe Bohr in Copenhagen by Michael Frayn
Director: Alex Bonham
Northern Lights Theatre Production Company

Claude in Protection by Victor Rodger
Working Titles playreading
Silo Theatre

Grace in Fix by Jess Sayer
Director: Scott Wills
Read Raw playreading
Auckland Playwrights Collective

Diane Fritata in Checkout-The Musical by Rachel Callinan and Julia Truscott
Directors: Simon Coleman and Jason Te Mete
"Making Scenes" playreading
Auckland Theatre Company

2011

Rita Angus in Rita and Douglas adapted by Dave Armstrong
Director: Conrad Newport
Armstrong Creative
Auckland Town Hall (22-26 November)
Tauranga Arts Festival (20 October)
Nelson Arts Festival (15-17 October)
Christchurch Arts Festival (18-21 August)
Taranaki Festival of the Arts (12-13 August)

Ouisa Kittredge in Six Degrees of Separation by John Guare
Director: Colin McColl
Playreading as part of "Inspiring Works"
Auckland Writers & Readers Festival/Auckland Theatre Company

Rita Angus in Rita and Douglas adapted by Dave Armstrong
Director: Conrad Newport
Armstrong Creative
Festival of Colour: Queenstown (12 April), Lake Wanaka (16 April)

Viv in Poor Boy by Matt Cameron and Tim Finn
Director: Raymond Hawthorne
Auckland Theatre Company

2010

Barbie in TOYS by Natalie Medlock and Dan Musgrove
Director: Cameron Rhodes/Toby Leach
Royale Productions

Barbara in August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
Director: Colin McColl
Auckland Theatre Company

Francoise Miguel in She Came to Stay by Dean Parker
Director: Sylvia Rands
(workshop/play reading)
Stepping Stone Project

Martha in That Face by Polly Stenham
Director: Shane Bosher
Silo Theatre

Dominique Le Bons in Le Sud by Dave Armstrong
Director: Raymond Hawthorne
Auckland Theatre Company

2009

Rebecca in Passages by Fiona Graham
Director: Lauren Jackson
(workshop; selected scenes)
STAMP Double Shot

Mrs. Sowerberry and Mrs. Bedwin in Oliver! by Lionel Bart
Director: Raymond Hawthorne
Auckland Theatre Company

Tekla in Creditors by August Strindberg
Directors: Paul Gittins, Michael Hurst
Ford Transit Productions

Kaye in Ghost Train by Fiona Samuel
Director: Catherine Downes
(playreading)
Auckland Theatre Company Literary Unit

2008

The Look of Love, Evocative/Provocative
Downstage Theatre

Dominique Le Bons in Le Sud by Dave Armstrong
Director: Raymond Hawthorne
(semi-staged reading)
Auckland Theatre Company "The Next Stage"

Jenny Diver in The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill
Director: Michael Hurst
Silo Theatre and The Large Group

2007

Connie White in My Name is Gary Cooper by Victor Rodger
Director: Roy Ward
Auckland Theatre Company

Jennifer Ward-Lealand Falling in Love Again
Downstage Theatre

Helen and Sybil in Decadence by Steven Berkoff
Director: Paul Gittins
Licentious Productions

Mrs. Williams in Advance in Order by James Milne and Kip Chapman Director: Cameron Rhodes
(playreading; 6 June)
Auckland Theatre Company Literary Unit

Danielle in Mike and Virginia by Kathryn Burnett and Nick Ward
Director: Peter Elliott
(semi-staged reading)
Auckland Theatre Company "The Next Stage" (6 June)

2006

Sabine Leutenegger in Berlin--Cabaret of Desire conceived by John Verryt, Jennifer Ward-Lealand and Paul Barrett
Director: John Verryt
Silo Theatre

Danielle in Mike and Virginia by Kathryn Burnett and Nick Ward
Director: Roy Ward
(playreading)
Auckland Theatre Company Literary Unit (4 October)

Olivia in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Director: Michael Hurst
Auckland Theatre Company

2005

Rachel in Sex with Strangers-Second Edition by Maria Gaoa and actors
Director: Colin Mitchell
Colin Mitchell Production

Stevie in The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee
Director: Oliver Driver
Silo Theatre

Sally in The Bach by Stephen Sinclair
Director: Sarah Peirse
Auckland Theatre Company

2004

Gabrielle in The Big Picture by Fiona Samuel
Director: Fiona Samuel
Auckland Theatre Company (Play Reading Series; 6 October)

Sally in The Bach by Stephen Sinclair
Director: Sarah Peirse
Auckland Theatre Company

Aunt Dottie/Emily Greenleaf in The Talented Mr. Ripley by Phyllis Nagy
Director: Oliver Driver
Auckland Theatre Company

2003

Sally in The Bach by Stephen Sinclair
Director: Danny Mulheron
(semi-staged reading)
Auckland Theatre Company "Second Unit"

Annie Book in The Love of Humankind by Brian Sergent
Director: Danny Mulheron
Auckland Theatre Company
(Play Reading Series; 6 August)

Marlene in Marlene by Pam Gems
Director: Ilona Rodgers
(potent pause) Productions

Mrs. Braddock in The Graduate by Terry Johnson
Director: Simon Prast
Auckland Theatre Company

2002

Anna in Old Times by Harold Pinter
Director: Paul Gittins
(potent pause) Productions

2000

The Witch in Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine
Director: Raymond Hawthorne
Auckland Theatre Company

1998

Susanna Hall in The Herbal Bed by Peter Whelan
Director: Raymond Hawthorne
Auckland Theatre Company

1996

Sara Jane Moore/Emma Goldman in Assassins by Stephen Sondheim
Director: Simon Bennett
Watershed Theatre

1995

Janet in The New Rocky Horror Show
Director: Nigel Triffitt
Paul Dainty/Stetson Productions
NZ National Tour

1993

Girl in Tell Me On a Sunday by Stephen Sondheim
Director: Cath Cardiff
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

1992

Sally Bowles in Cabaret by Kander and Ebb
Director: Michael Hurst
Watershed Theatre

Singer/Actor in Side by Side by Sondheim
Director: Ingrid Prossor
Wellington Music Theatre

Viola in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Director: Glen Elston
Adelaide International Festival of the Arts

1991

Phyllis Rodgers-Stone in Follies by Stephen Sondheim
Director: Bob Addisson
Baycourt Theatre

Lyn in Via Satellite by Anthony McCarten
Director: Paul Gittins
Mercury Theatre

Renee/Girl in Magazine/Woman at Party in M Butterfly by David Henry Hwang
Director: Paul Minifie
Mercury Theatre

Eileen in The Sex Fiend by Stephen Sinclair and Danny Mulheron
Director: Chris Scheil
Mercury Theatre

1990

Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein
Director: Raymond Hawthorne
Mercury Theatre

Singer/Actor in This Joint is Jumpin'
Director: Cath Cardiff
Mercury Theatre

Bridget in A Slice of Saturday Night by the Heather Brothers
Director: Paul Minifie
Mercury Theatre

Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weil and Bertolt Brecht
Director: Michael Hurst
Inside Out Theatre

Glenda in The One That Got Away by The Front Lawn
Directed by Don McGlashan, Harry Sinclair and Jennifer Ward-Lealand
Maidment Theatre (Auckland; 15-19 November)
1990 Universal Theatre Melbourne Comedy Festival (Melbourne, Australia; 3-13 April)

 
1989

Singer/Actor in A Marvellous Party by Noel Coward
Director: Paul Minifie
The Gods: Mercury Upstairs

Glenda in The One That Got Away by The Front Lawn
Directed by Don McGlashan, Harry Sinclair and Jennifer Ward-Lealand
Painted Bride Theatre (Philadelphia, PA, USA; 6-8 October)
Walker Arts Centre (Minneapolis, MN, USA; 5 October)
Dance Theatre Workshop (New York, NY, USA; 21 September-1 October)
Donmar Warehouse, Pick of the Fringe (Longon, England; til 30 August)
Perth Theatre (Perth, Scotland)
Canongate, Edinburth Fringe Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland; 15-26 August)
The Purcell Room, South Bank Centre (London, England)
Mayfair Theatre (Dunedin; 28 June-2 July)
Christchurch Repertory (Christchurch; 19-24 June)
Maidment Theatre (Auckland; 30 May-1 June)
Memorial Theatre (Wellington; 14-26 May)
Centrepoint Theatre (Palmerston North; 4-6 May)

See an interview with The Front Lawn as they left New Zealand, including brief excerpts from the show.

1988

Singer/Actor in The Irving Berlin Show
Director: Raymond Hawthorne
The Gods: Mercury Upstairs

Lt. Genevieve Marshall in South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein
Director: Raymond Hawthorne
Mercury Theatre

Young Girl in Yerma by Garcia Lorca
Director: Lee Grant
The Gods: Mercury Upstairs

Nana in Nana by Olwen Wymark; novel by Emile Zola
Director: Paul Minifie
Mercury Theatre

Singer/Actor in Rodgers and Hart
Director: Raymond Hawthorne
Mercury Theatre

Various roles in The Three Musketeers; adapted by Stuart Hoar from Alexander Dumas
Director: Raymond Hawthorne
Mercury Theatre

Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weil and Bertolt Brecht
Director: Colin McColl
Downstage Theatre

1987

Singer/Actor in Side by Side by Sondheim
Director: Alison Quigan
Centrepoint Theatre

Charlotte in The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard
Director: Alison Quigan
Centrepoint Theatre

Eugenia in Breaking the Silence by Stephen Poliakoff
Director: Alison Quigan
Centrepoint Theatre

Lavinia in Strip by Lorae Parry
Director: Ellie Smith
Centrepoint Theatre

1986

Helen of Troy in The Trojan Women by Euripides
Director: Sarah Peirse and Michael Hurst
Public Works Performing Arts Collective

Nell in Pass it On by Renee
Director: Roger McGill
Theatre Corporate

Lily in As Is by William Hoffman
Director: Murray Lynch
Theatre Corporate

Singer/Actor in Stretchmarks by Sarah Delahunty
Director: Stephanie Smith
Theatre Corporate

First Witch in Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Director: Roger McGill
Theatre Corporate

Eva in Absurd Person Singular by Alan Ayckbourn
Director: Murray Lynch
Theatre Corporate

Hedda in Hedda Gabler
Director: Paul Sonne
Theatre Corporate


1985

Agnes in Agnes of God by John Pielmeier
Director: Sarah Peirse
Mercury Theatre (29 May-22 June)

Platinum Sue in Trafford Tanzi by Claire Luckham
Director: Roger McGill
Theatre Corporate

Various roles in Catastrophe by Samuel Beckett
Director: Paul Gittins
Theatre Corporate
 
1984

Kit Kat Girl in Cabaret by Kander and Ebb
Director: Raymond Hawthorne
Theatre Corporate

Various roles in Amphigouri Allegretto
Director: Gillian Sutton
Theatre Corporate

Angie and Pope Joan in Top Girls by Caryl Churchill
Director: Sarah Peirse
Theatre Corporate

Emilia and Mopsa in A Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare
Director: Raymond Hawthorne
Theatre Corporate

Pip in The Clowns by Raymond Hawthome
Theatre Corporate

Zero in Ictus by Michael Hurst
Director: Michael Hurst
Theatre Corporate
 
1983

Leni in The Trial by Stephen Berkoff; from Kafka
Director: Roger McGill
Theatre Corporate

Bolette in The Lady from the Sea by Henrik Ibsen
Director: Raymond Hawthorne
Theatre Corporate

The Daughter in Rip Tide by Harry Sinclair
Directors: Harry Sinclair and Michael Hurst
Theatre Corporate

Dance Hall Doll in A Street Called Straight by Seamus Quinn
Director: Roger McGill
Theatre Corporate

Moll in The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weil and Bertolt Brecht
Director: Roger McGill
Theatre Corporate

Regan in King Lear by William Shakespeare
Director: Roger McGill
Theatre Corporate

Theatre Corporate Community Theatre Company
(Theatre in Education touring company), directed byRoger McGill:

Maori Myths

Story Theatre

Starters by Norelle Scott
 
1981

Viola in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Directors: Anne Flannery & Ian McClymont
BATS Theatre

The Town and Country Players
(community theatre company touring North Island of New Zealand, directed by Murray Edmond):

various roles in Coming Through the Rye

Blossom the Clown in You Can't Be Brave Until You've Been Afraid by Murray Edmond

Madame Popova in The Bear by Anton Chekhov

various roles in Once Twice Thrice Upon a Tale by Joy Cowley

1980

Mary Warren in The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Director: Anne Flannery
BATS Theatre

1979

various roles in Slices of Life (devised)
Director: Anne Flannery
BATS Theatre

various roles in There's No Point Arguing the Toss by Don Haworth
Director: John Banas
Downstage Youth Teatre

1978

Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Director: John Banas
Downstage Youth Theatre

 

 

2015/16:  As Auntie Pie in The Book of Everything

"Jennifer Ward-Lealand is fantastic" (Theatre Scenes)

 



2015:  As Kalonike in Lysistrata

"Jennifer Ward-Lealand is a tip-top Kalonike" (Theatreview)

2015:  As Rebekah Brooks in Rupert

"There are some brilliant cameos ... A wigged Jennifer Ward-Lealand makes for an uncanny Rebekah Brooks" (Metro)

 


2014:  As Elsa Lanchester in Luncheon

"The main drawcard is Jennifer Ward-Lealand's Elsa Lanchester, and she doesn't disappoint.  She delivers barbs with precision, is refreshingly loose and fun ... and yet still manages to give her monologues a gravity".  (Lumiere Reader)

 

 

 


2013:  As Marion in Between the Sheets

"It's easy to see why Ward-Lealand was keen to bring this play to Auckland; it's punchy, entertaining and surprisingly complex ... Ward-Lealand is particularly mesmerizing" (Concrete Playground)

2013:  As Diane Cassell in The Heretic

"an impressive Jennifer Ward-Lealand ... displays a genius comic timing that makes every joke hit just that little bit harder ... a standout performance from an actress who can't help but stand out". (Lumiere Reader)

 


 


2012:  Singer in Brel

"Jennifer Ward-Lealand was the highlight of the show.  . . . From the very first number, she stands out amongst the ensemble, and moves around the stage in a way that is both entirely natural and genuinely felt, and yet impossible to look away from". (Lumiere Reader)

2012:  As Margrethe Bohr in Copenhagen

"Ward-Lealand is a powerful presence as Margrethe.  Composed and restrained, she forms the nucleus to the second act" (Theatre Scenes)

 

2011:  As Rita Angus in Rita and Douglas

"Jennifer Ward-Lealand's Rita is as fresh and vital as she appears in her portraits; the underlying anguish/joy as seen in those portraits' eyes fully felt through her delivery. ... I feel I have met, quite intimately, one of my heroes.  Simply stunning" (Theatreview)

 


 

 

2011:  As Viv in Poor Boy

"Her singing of I Hope I Never was the most poignant . . . she manages to extract every nuance from it." (NBR)

Photo: Michael Smith

 

2010:  As Barbara in August: Osage County

"Jennifer Ward-Lealand
is stunningly good as Barb" (Theatreview)



2010:  As Martha in That Face

"Jennifer Ward-Lealand presents a brilliantly realised dipsomaniac Martha". (NBR)

 


(photo:  Andrew Malmo)


 

2010:  As Dominique Le Bons in Le Sud

"Jennifer Ward-Lealand . . . brings the house down" (NZ Herald)



2009:  As Mrs. Sowerberry in Oliver!

"Jennifer Ward-Lealand flexes her versatile character skills first as the awfully unpleasant shrew Mrs. Sowerberry . . . and in act two as the gentle and dignified noblewoman Mrs. Bedwin"." (Theatreview)


2009:  As Tekla in Creditors
(photo:  Andrew Malmo)

"The triangle is powerfully closed by Jennifer Ward-Lealand's mercurial performance as the alluring and infuriating Tekla - a restless, volatile woman who flits between frivolous vanity, steely determination and moments of selfless compassion."(NZ Herald)


2008:  As Jenny Diver in The Threepenny Opera

"BEST PLAY:  THE THREEPENNY OPERA.  . . . Jennifer Ward-Lealand's intoxicating rendition of Mac the Knife is still ringing in our ears." (Best of Auckland 2008, Metro)

See Jennifer on You Tube performing during the dress rehearsal.





2007:  As Connie White in My Name is Gary Cooper

" . . . the cast of eight is superb.  Standouts:   Ward-Lealand--taut, tanned and attached to a martini glass . . . " (Listener)


2007:   As Helen in Decadence
(photo:  Andrew Malmo)

"Jennifer Ward-Lealand and Michael Lawrence . . . give a master class in acting that makes for must-see theatre.  Their accents, physicality and characterisation are pretty much faultless; a joy for an audience to watch and an inspiration for wannabe actors." (NZ Herald)


2006:  As Sabine Leutenegger in Berlin

"Jennifer Ward-Lealand's Sabine is chillingly Teutonic, with a comic wryness and leggy sauciness." (Listener)

 


(photo:  Andrew Malmo)


(photo:  John McDermott)

2006:   As Olivia in Twelfth Night

"The delicate interactions between Viola and Olivia produce some wonderfully poignant moments, notably when Jennifer Ward-Lealand's magisterial countess dissolves into a lovestruck teenager as she is captivated by the overpowering sweetness of Viola" (NZ Herald)

2005:   As Stevie in The Goat

" . . . Ward-Lealand is formidable. As she unleashes primal howls, her depth of pain and rage is terrifying." (Listener)


(photo:  Andrew Malmo)


(photo:  Andrew Malmo)


2005:  As Sally in The Bach

"Ward-Lealand has impeccable timing as Sally." (Listener)

2002:  As Marlene

" . . . Ward-Lealand is glorious as Marlene.  She sings; she is coquettish; she cracks one-liners with cruel glee." (New Zealand Herald)

 


2002:  As Anna in Old Times

"Ward-Lealand, like her character, rather devours the other two. Her Anna, charming and dangerous, is the link between them and she performs with a juggler's dexterity." (New Zealand Herald)


(photo:  Andrew Malmo)


2000:   As The Witch in Into the Woods

"If there's one standout moment, it's when the Witch (Jennifer Ward-Lealand) sings 'Last Midnight' - truly spinetingling." (Listener)

1998:  As Susanna Hall in The Herbal Bed

"The central character, a jewel of a role, is played with a contained complexity by Jennifer Ward-Lealand.  She has the right mix of intelligence, shrewdness and purity of spirit." (Listener)

 


1995:   As Janet in The New Rocky Horror Show

"Jennifer Ward-Lealand is the deliciously ditzy Janet that Susan Sarandon might have wished she could be."  (Sunday Star-Times)


1992:  As Sally Bowles in Cabaret

"When Jennifer Ward-Lealand, singing Sally Bowles - the role she was born to play - finishes the title song unaccompanied and with a wild-eyed desperation in her eyes and we don't even dare applaud, we realise that we're watching great theatre - and not just great cabaret." (New Zealand Herald)



1990:   As Carrie Pepperidge in Carousel

"Ward-Lealand snares every comedy opportunity, and her singing . . . is as good as any in town . . . she tops the list." (Auckland Star)

1990:  As Glenda in The One That Got Away

"The acting is fabulous. . . . (The Front Lawn) are an extremely polished and talented trio, and those who were worried about the recent addition of a woman to the group can relax; Jennifer Ward-Lealand is just terrific."  (Melbourne In Press)


1988:  In The Irving Berlin Show

"Jennifer Ward-Lealand is splendid.  She has a gutsy, glamorous presence and a strong, true voice to match." (New Zealand Herald)

 

1988:  As Nana

"Jennifer Ward-Lealand gives a commanding performance in the title role.  She is alternatively regarded as the object of the audience's delight, pity, distaste and desire and manipulates these turns in her character well.  She brings considerable strength to the part and holds her sometimes captivated audience with obvious confidence and relish."  (Inner City News)


1988: In Rodgers and Hart

"Rodgers and Hart . . . belongs to Jennifer Ward-Lealand.  She subtly and stylishly stole what we knew would be a subtle and stylish show. . . . She was comic and catastrophe in perfect balance in Ten Cents a Dance; a clever blend of smart and innocent in You Took Advantage of Me; bedazzling in Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered; and she swung Johnny One Note the right note, right on."  (New Zealand Herald)

 


1987:  As Lavinia in Strip

"But the pre-eminent performer . . . is Jennifer Ward-Lealand.  She has built on her 'gawky innocent' in recent performances, until here she wins our hearts as the aspiring actress quoting from The Seagull." (Dominion)

1986:   As Hedda Gabler

"Jennifer Ward-Lealand's portrayal of Hedda Gabler is arresting . . . (she) captures the audience's undivided attention from the very first time she walks on stage.  Most importantly, her portrayal shows fine sensitivity to the nuances of the script."  (Inner City News)



1985:  As Agnes in Agnes of God

"As Agnes, Jennifer Ward-Lealand is an electrifying combination of distracted guilt and vengeful rage."  (New Zealand Herald)

 


 
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