Play unlocks story of locked-in syndrome

“Nick: An Accidental Hero” — a play about a sportman’s battle with locked-in syndrome – begins in Wellington tomorrow and Auckland next week.  Locked-in syndrome, or LIS for short, is a condition in which a [person] is aware and awake but cannot move or communicate verbally due to complete paralysis of nearly all voluntary muscles in the body except for the eyes (Wikipedia).

Starring and written by Renee Lyons, the play “is the enormously affecting and heartbreakingly honest story of New Zealand sportsman, adrenalin junkie and all round wild man Nick Chisholm whose life ground to a halt when he was struck by a major stroke during a game of rugby at the age of 27.

“He was left with a condition known to the medical profession as ‘locked in syndrome’, and to those who have experienced it as ‘pure hell’. The play explores Nick’s recovery, the many characters that surround and populate his life, and the unlikely road to true love, all of which sees Renee Lyons play no less than eight characters.”

The show is directed by Abigail Greenwood.


25-29 June at 6.30pm

Bats Theatre, cnr Cuba and Dixon Streets


Access*: See



2-13 July 2013 at 8.00pm

Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland CBD

$18-$24 (Booking fees may apply)

Access*: The Basement Theatre entrance is up steps but the friendly folk are more than happy to help out with brains and brawn. The best way for you to organize access is to book tickets for any night you like and then email Sam, the Venue Manager <> to let him know the date that you are coming and your specific access needs — eg. a hand up the steps (include what type of chair, how heavy), a guiding elbow, a friendly smile etc. Sam will then hook it up with the Bar Manager to make sure that everyone is briefed and ready.


*At present it is unclear whether there will be audio described or sign language interpreted shows. Contact Renee <> or Sophie <> for more info.

Renee Lyons


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