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She Danced on a Friday

  • She Danced on a Friday
  • Written by Nicola Pauling
  • Directed by Kerryn Palmer
  • 12 - 15 Sep
  • BATS Theatre
  • Wellington

Creative Team

Directed by Kerryn Palmer
Written and Performed by Nicola Pauling
Composer and Musician Matt Hutton


On the 10th of January 1992 English tourist, Margery Hopegood was brutally murdered on the banks of the Waikato River.

Margery's murder sent shock waves through New Zealand and when it was revealed that Margery wasn't an ordinary tourist, her death made headlines around the world. Born in New Zealand and adopted at birth, Margery wasn’t just a tourist. For the first time she was coming home. She was on a pilgrimage to discover her birth story and the women who held it. She never got to discover her story, but decades later, we do.

Researched, written and performed by Nicola Pauling, whose grandmother had organised Margery’s adoption, this story goes behind the headlines of a true crime story that gripped the country. 


Wed 12 Sep 8.00pm BATS Theatre Wellington
Thu 13 Sep 8:30 pm BATS Theatre Wellington
Fri 14 Sep 6.30pm BATS Theatre Wellington
Sat 15 Sep 8.30pm BATS Theatre Wellington

"A haunting and evocative piece of storytelling, based on family stories, interviews with both birth and adoptive families and police who investigated the murder. It is a beautifully crafted play."