Seen: Enlightenment

Featuring at the Maidment Theatre until June 20th, Auckland Theatre Company’s Enlightenment is a thriller that delights, intrigues, and quite frankly, frustrates. Now, frustrating is usually not the most complimentary description, but in this case, I mean it in the most flattering way possible. My frustration with Shelagh Stephenson’s Enlightenment centres on a particularly mysterious character, played by the very engaging Jordan Mooney. Unfortunately, the suspenseful nature of Enlightenment restricts what can be revealed about Mooney’s character. The evasive figure is the catalyst for the central events of the play and is engaging from entry to exit. My frustration with him lies with the minimal knowledge the character supplies the audience with at the climax of the play. However, this frustration ultimately highlights the effectiveness of the play, as I was and am desperate for more.


Alongside Mooney is an all-star cast that brings Enlightenment to life. Rachel Nash and Stephen Lovatt play mournful couple Lia and Nick, who are faced with feelings of both confusion and grief as they deal with the unknown loss of their abroad son. The relationship between these two is one of the most realistic aspects of the play. Nash’s emotional choices with her character contrast with Lovatt’s standoffish performance. The stark differences between Lia and Nick’s grief resonate realistically, as they reflect the difficulties partners face when going through hard times. Popular stage and screen actor Anna Jullienne is also a standout in Enlightenment, with her business savvy character, Joanne, often providing welcome comedic relief from the intense and sometimes weary scenes.


Staging is a particularly interesting feature of Enlightenment, with set designer Dan Williams opting for a minimalistic design. Scenes from Enlightenment occur primarily in Nick and Lia’s home, with Williams using moving neon structures to create this environment. As the play progresses, the literal nature of the set digresses, becoming less enclosing and more figurative. By the end of the play the set disappears completely, with the final structure being forcibly pushed off stage in an expressive move by Mooney. Director Andrew Foster also utilises interesting set choices at the start of play. Upon entering the theatre, the audience is greeted by a large screen that displays a monitor of the foyer of the building. The audience then realises they have been displayed to the theatre their whole time in the foyer, linking to the sinister surveillance themes of the play.


ATC’s Enlightenment is a play that grabs its audience’s attention through its ominous underlinings. Rather slow and possibly lacking during the first act, Enlightenment picks up in its second half through the efforts of Mooney. A dynamic play that could benefit from a slightly more turbulent emotional ride, Enlightenment is a thrilling success attributed to its accomplished cast.


[header cred]


  1. phim moi 26 July, 2016 at 20:59 Reply

    You could certainly see your skills in the article you write.
    The arena hopes for even more passionate writers like you who
    aren’t afraid to mention how they believe.
    Always follow your heart.

  2. mary kay reviews 26 July, 2016 at 21:01 Reply

    A new technology introduced by one of the biggest
    automobile companies, Volvo, will ensure that your car avoid accidents on the roads involving pedestrians.
    Be smart and savvy when negotiating the interest rate for new cars
    and don’t just sign on the bottom line. 00 per gallon, depending on market
    prices, but that is a good benchmark.

  3. herbal e liquid 26 July, 2016 at 21:02 Reply

    Costs there can be as minimal as $500 for your automobile in a excellent situation. Be
    smart and savvy when negotiating the interest rate for new cars and don’t just sign on the bottom line.
    00 per gallon, depending on market prices, but that is a good benchmark.

  4. fitness for seniors 26 July, 2016 at 21:04 Reply

    So you, as the restorer, have to set realistic
    goals as to exactly what parts of the car you are going to restore to their original states and
    what parts of the car you are willing to restore “as close as possible”
    to their original states. All since then, Indica is floating in the
    market with a regular sale. 00 per gallon, depending on market
    prices, but that is a good benchmark.

  5. Lester 26 July, 2016 at 21:25 Reply

    Woah! I’m really loving the template/theme of this website.
    It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s very hard to get that “perfect balance” between usability and appearance.
    I must say you’ve done a very good job with this.
    Also, the blog loads super quick for me on Internet explorer.
    Outstanding Blog!

  6. Precious 26 July, 2016 at 22:33 Reply

    I need to to thank you for this good read!! I definitely enjoyed
    every little bit of it. I have you book marked to
    look at new things you post…

  7. Caitlyn 26 July, 2016 at 22:35 Reply

    You have made some good points there. I checked on the internet to learn more about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this site.

  8. phim hay 27 July, 2016 at 01:07 Reply

    Hi, I do think this is an excellent blog. I stumbledupon it ;) I’m going to revisit once again since I
    book marked it. Money and freedom is the greatest
    way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide others.

  9. India 27 July, 2016 at 02:20 Reply

    Thanks for the marvelous posting! I really enjoyed reading it,
    you will be a great author.I will be sure to bookmark your
    blog and may come back someday. I want to encourage you to ultimately continue your great writing, have
    a nice day!

  10. 27 July, 2016 at 03:31 Reply

    hi!,I love your writing so much! percentage we keep up a correspondence more
    approximately your article on AOL? I need an expert in this space to solve my problem.

    Maybe that’s you! Having a look ahead to look you.

  11. Kent 27 July, 2016 at 04:18 Reply

    I like the valuable info you provide in your articles.
    I will bookmark your blog and check again here frequently.
    I’m quite certain I’ll learn many new stuff right here!
    Best of luck for the next!

  12. Federico 27 July, 2016 at 05:18 Reply

    I am really impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your weblog.

    Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Either way keep up the nice quality writing,
    it is rare to see a great blog like this one today.

  13. Carla 27 July, 2016 at 10:15 Reply

    First of all I would like to say excellent blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you do not mind.
    I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your mind before writing.
    I’ve had trouble clearing my thoughts in getting my
    ideas out there. I truly do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally
    lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or tips?
    Thank you!

  14. Marcelo 27 July, 2016 at 11:30 Reply

    What’s up it’s me, I am also visiting this web site
    on a regular basis, this website is actually pleasant and the
    visitors are in fact sharing fastidious thoughts.

Leave a reply