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  •  Nuclear Family

Winner of the 2011 Moondance International Film Festival Atlantis Award for Best Stageplay (Script)

Named one of the Top 100 Must-see Shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012


A 5-star, “riveting” solo-show “written with heart, tragedy and a fair balance of true comedy” by Desirée Gezentsvey, and delivered in a “tour-de-force performance” by actor Yael Gezentsvey (Fringe Review/Theatre Guide).

NUCLEAR FAMILY is a comedic drama set in green New Zealand on the eve of the Chernobyl disaster, following a colourful bunch of Venezuelan and Soviet Jewish immigrants as they are forced to question whether freedom and control over one’s destiny are only illusions.

This socially significant show “captures the audience with comedy and depth… An exceptional piece of theatre not to be missed!” (Fringe Benefits).

"A play that deserves to be the talk of the Fringe" (Edinburgh Fringe Review)

"An exceptional piece of theatre not to be missed!" (Fringe Benefits)

‘Nuclear Family’ premiered at the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2011 (directed by Dush Kumar), followed by the London Solo Festival 2011 (directed by James Hadley),  Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011, Etcetra Theatre London 2011, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts 2012, and NZ seasons at Wellington's Circa Theatre and Auckland's Q Theatre, 2012.

RADIO ADAPTATION - RNZ: 'Nuclear Family' was recorded and broadcast by RadioNZ Drama, 2014

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  • Say Aaahhh - short play - children's play for Howick Little Theatre's end-of-year show, Auckland 2009

  • The Seventh Feeling - professional 2-day workshop and staged reading - Toi Poneke, Wellington 2008 / Aotearoa Playwrights Conference  2006

  • Deep Down - short play - Couch Soup, Wellington Fringe Festival 2007


  • Nuclear Family - 10min play - finalist for Short & Sweet Festival, Sydney 2007


  • The Jungle Notebook - short play - Couch Soup, Wellington Fringe Festival 2006

  • Considering Rachel - BATS Theatre, Wellington Fringe Festival 2005



  • See What You Get - short screenplay - Semi-finalist at Moondance International Film Festival 2013
  • Fishing for Waves - short screenplay - Semi-finalist at Moondance International Film Festival 2012
  • Outside In - short film - finalist in Moonlight Shorts film competition, Auckland 2006 / WIFT Wellington screening / Belladonna Film Festival NZ

  • Crack - short film - 48-hour competition, Wellington 2005
  • Hats to the Wind - feature length screenplay (yet to be produced)
  • Ghost Net - feature length screenplay adaptation of Lynn Davidson's novel of the same title (yet to be produced)



  • Paper, Scissors, Rock - stageplay by Yael Gezentsvey - BATS Theatre, Wellington 2010
  • Various screenplays (yet to be produced)