December 1998. Dunedin, New Zealand.
High summer in a town where there is not a lot to do. Restless and inspired by reading Karl Marx, Anya and her friends set out on a night of vigilante poetic justice in an attempt to liberate Dunedin from its toxic masculinity.
Devastatingly for these young idealists, their attempt doesn’t quite go to plan.
Told through a series of tragi-comic reflections of the time and ten years later, My Best Dead Friend is a hilarious tale about death, friendship, revolution, unfulfilled love … and a possum.
Part stage-play and part stand-up, My Best Dead Friend has been created by New Zealand theatre-makers Isobel MacKinnon and Anya Tate-Manning who is also the star of the show.
The show features a deeply nostalgic soundtrack with songs from The Verlaines to the Backstreet Boys, and the words of poets Hone Tuwhare, James K. Baxter and Rewi Maniapoto.