Kororāreka: The Ballad of Maggie Flynn
- Written by Paolo Rotondo
- Directed by Julie Nolan
- 24 Aug - 15 Sep
- Multiple Venues
- Napier, Wellington, Māngere, Albany, Tauranga, Hamilton
Dramaturg: Gary Henderson, Pou Awehina: Amber Cureen, Set Design: John Verryt, Costume Design: Elizabeth Whiting, Sound Design: Robin Kelly and Te Aihe Butler, Māori Advisor: Waihoro Shortland, Māori Movement: Beez and Kura, Hawaiiki TŪ, Māori Translator: Hania Douglas
Featuring : Victoria Abbot, Amber Cureen, Hinerongonui Kingi, Alison Bruce, Katrina George
This is a story unique to us as New Zealanders, unravelling the legacy of the women in our past and stirring the ones too wild to be captured. It is a sea-shanty, a coarse and vulgar rhyme that will make you laugh and cry to smell the sea again after so long.
Set in the era of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Kororāreka (Russell) was a lawless outpost in a wild country.
Maggie Flynn leaves Ireland a convict and arrives in Kororāreka the captain of a whaling ship. When burying her husband on the shores of this land she is captured by a Māori chief and becomes his mōkai, a prestige slave more akin to a pet. An unthinkable intimacy burns between her and the chief until her fateful rescue where she loses all she has held dear. Her fortune continues to twist and turn as Maggie becomes a force facilitating the burgeoning trade between Māori and European settlers, the publican and madam of the notorious Duke of Marlborough Hotel. One day culture and history collide and her ultimate undoing is the very world she sought to escape.
Maggie’s legend is reimagined with the story telling skill of Paolo Rotondo and the visual flair of Red Leap Theatre, makers of New Zealand’s highest quality, original visual theatre.
This tour of Kororāreka – The Ballad of Maggie Flynn begins in Napier prior to NZ Theatre Month on 24 August.
Presented by arrangement with Playmarket
|Fri 24 Aug||12noon||MTG Hawkes Bay||Napier|
|Fri 24 Aug||7.30pm||MTG Hawkes Bay||Napier|
|Tue 28 Aug||7.30pm||Hannah Playhouse||Wellington|
|Wed 29 Aug||7.30pm||Hannah Playhouse||Wellington|
|Thu 30 Aug||7.30pm||Hannah Playhouse||Wellington|
|Fri 31 Aug||7.30pm||Hannah Playhouse||Wellington|
|Mon 3 Sep||7.00pm||Māngere Arts Centre||Māngere|
|Tue 4 Sep||12noon||Māngere Arts Centre||Māngere|
|Tue 4 Sep||7,00pm||Māngere Arts Centre||Māngere|
|Fri 7 Sep||12noon||Underground Theatre, Massey Uni||Albany|
|Tue 11 Sep||7.00pm||Baycourt Theatre||Tauranga|
|Wed 12 Sep||12noon||Baycourt Theatre||Tauranga|
|Wed 12 Sep||7.00pm||Baycourt Theatre||Tauranga|
|Fri 14 Sep||12noon||The Meteor||Hamilton|
|Fri 14 Sep||7.00pm||The Meteor||Hamilton|
|Sat 15 Sep||7.00pm||The Meteor||Hamilton|
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