World of WearableArt (WOW) is delighted to announce that much-loved New Zealand actor Dame Kate Harcourt is a member of the cast in this year’s Show.


This WOW season, she’ll be gracing the stage at the TSB Bank Arena in Wellington. There is no doubt that Dame Kate is ready for the challenge, “I have been in the audience at several WOW shows and have been completely entranced and enthralled. All those incredible garments are so wonderful – the whole show is a spectacle. And this year, I’m absolutely thrilled to be on the stage as part of the magic.”

WOW – World of WearableArt. Wellington, NZ. 20 September 2017. Photo credit: Stephen A Court.


Shortly after WOW 2017 kicks off, audiences will be able to see more of Dame Kate – this time on the big screen – as she appears in the film The Changeover, alongside renowned UK actor Timothy Spall with New Zealand’s own talent including Melanie Lynskey and Lucy Lawless (and directed by Dame Kate’s daughter, Miranda Harcourt). Dame Kate will be playing the witch, Winter Carlisle, in this supernatural thriller, based on the classic YA novel by Margaret Mahy, which tells the story of troubled teenager who must ‘change over’ and become a witch in order to save her little brother from an evil ancient spirit.


WOW CE Gisella Carr says “As a New Zealand arts organisation, it’s inspiring to see so much home talent thriving, and The Changeover is certainly harnessing its Kiwi-pride. A novel written by a New Zealand author, adapted, produced and directed by a New Zealand team and starring New Zealand talent. Of course, the Christchurch location, is another star element of this must-see production”.

Dame Kate Harcourt and grandson, Peter, at the premiere of The Changeover

We’re delighted to have such a respected actress on our stage this year and it’s safe to say, that if Dame Kate can bewitch audiences in a supernatural feature film and a magical live stage show at the age of 90, then none of us have any excuse to miss her performances at cinemas nationwide or on stage at the TSB Bank Arena this spring.



WOW Show 2017

Dates: 21 Sept – 8 Oct

Venue: TSB Bank Arena



The Changeover

In cinemas nationwide from September 28