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NOW 20 | WEEK 5

18-22 February


How to Build a Lighthouse // 7.30pm

Tales of belonging, goodbyes, the lost art of forgiveness and a life that spans oceans.

Critically-acclaimed artist and Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee Ben Target presents a tender show for the soft-hearted. A show about farewells, loneliness and never being able to feel at home. It’s time to let go of your baggage with storytelling, origami tutorials and thumping rock anthems.

A debut from ‘maverick physical comedian’ (The Guardian) Ben Target. Directed by 2019 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Jordan Brookes.

Imagine there was no Ben Target. The world would unquestionably be a darker, less interesting place” ★★★★ Chortle

16+ | This show contains mild-strong language and references to death, suicidal idealisation sex. This show also makes use of a water vapour scent diffuser and a bubble machine throughout.
Commissioned by The Yard Theatre.
Written & Performed by Ben Target
Directed by Jordan Brookes
Technician: Robert Wells
Artwork: Hugo Target
Photography: Ed Moore, Simon Fielder, Isabelle Adam
Creative Consultant: Mark Dean Quinn


Working On My Night Moves // 9pm

A mesmerising dreamscape of tinfoil astronauts, dispersing atoms, The Wizard of Oz and Enya, inverting, making and remaking the entirety of time and space.

Winner of a Total Theatre Award 2019, Julia Croft and Nisha Madhan are breaking the rules, the patriarchy and the space-time continuum. Working On My Night Moves is the search for multiple feminist futurisms, a reaching for outer space and a fever dream. With science fiction, quantum physics and dubstep mash ups, this is a quest for utopia.

This show contains strobe lighting.
Performer: JULIA CROFT
Performance design: MEG ROLLANDI
Lighting designer: CALVIN HUDSON
Sound designer: TE AIHE BUTLER with original compositions by JASON WRIGHT
Dramaturg: KATE PRIOR
Production Manager: RUBY REIHANA-WILSON
Produced & presented by: LYDIA ZANETTI for ZANETTI PRODUCTIONS


Access tickets are priced at £17 and can be booked online. We offer free tickets for companions and these must be booked over the phone (020 3111 0570) or by emailing


Double bill tickets are priced at £20 / £17 concessions. If you buy tickets for two or more double bills, then you get 20% off every ticket. And if you buy a festival pass, you can see every double bill in NOW for £60 (that’s £6 per show).

Locals can get 30% off all tickets (and 10% off at the bar) with a free Yard Local Card – sign up online.

U26s can get £5 tickets on the door to all performances that are not sold out with #NoEmptySeats.


About Ben Target

Ben Target is an artist and comedian. He won the national stand-up accolade Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, got nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer, and has been nominated twice and won once the Chortle Award for Comedy Innovation as a core member of the adored cult collectives Weirdos Comedy and the Alternative Comedy Memorial Society.

“A true original and a legend in the making”  The Guardian

About Julia Croft

Julia Croft is a live artist and performance maker based in Auckland, New Zealand. Julia’s practice draws on feminist and queer theories to create performance works that explore representational politics, violence, the body and increasingly feminist futurisms and world building. She has created 8 full length works including 3 solo works: If There’s Not Dancing at the Revolution, I’m Not Coming, Power Ballad and Working On My Night Moves. These works have toured extensively throughout NZ as well as Australia, the UK, Singapore and Canada. Her newest solo Working On My Night Moves was awarded a prestigious Total Theatre Award at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Other works include The Plastic Orgasm, This was Supposed to be the Future (created and presented in Guadalajara, Mexico), Body Double (presented as part of the Auckland Arts Festival 2018), and Medusa. Julia is part of a 3 year arts residency curated by The Basement Theatre (NZ), Forest Fringe (UK) & West Kowloon Cultural District (HK). Julia was also part of the Time Place Space residency (Arts House Melbourne). Julia is currently developing a new solo work with the support of Battersea Arts Centre, London and The Marlborough, Brighton.

About Nisha Madhan

Nisha Madhan is a performer and director of contemporary theatre. She has toured internationally with Theatre Beating and Indian Ink. Her company, The Town Centre has produced many works inc. LIES, TITLED, and What Have You Done To Me? which toured to Finland. Her work receives consistent critical acclaim, often nominated for Original Production at Fringe, Auckland & Wellington Theatre Awards. She made Power Ballad with Julia Croft which won several Auckland Fringe awards, the Melbourne Arts Festival Discovery award and was nominated for the prestigious TOTAL Theatre Award in Edinburgh. She is part of a 3 year arts residency curated by The Basement (NZ), Forest Fringe (UK) & West Kowloon Cultural District (HK) and her writing will be published for the first time in Undisciplining Dance in 9 Movements by Cambridge University Press. She recently co-created Medusa performed to massive critical acclaim in Auckland and Wellington, as well as Working On My Night Moves which won a TOTAL Theatre Award in Edinburgh. She is currently working as the Programming Co-ordinator at Basement Theatre, Auckland.

About Zanetti Productions

Zanetti Productions presents innovative and groundbreaking creativity, with a focus on work that invigorates social change, celebrates otherness and sends audiences out into the world with a spark in their hearts. 


In 2018 & 2019, we are presenting a plethora of artists in both Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas including: Julia Croft and Nisha Madhan (TOTAL Theatre Award winner Working On My Night Moves, If There’s Not Dancing at the Revolution, Power Ballad, Medusa); Fringe First winner The Basement Tapes; Trick of the Light (The Road That Wasn’t There); Jane Doe; My Best Dead Friend; Auckland Fringe festival and more. Tours included to Battersea Arts Centre, Cambridge Junction, Tron Theatre, The Marlborough, The Cultch (Vancouver) Blue Room (Perth), Esplanade (Singapore), Auckland Arts Festival, Imaginate Children’s Theatre Festival, Summerhall and Assembly as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


Zanetti Productions is the leading independent producer of contemporary performance in Aotearoa New Zealand.