Your guide to events in Nelson, New Zealand
Sunday 14th October 2012
By award-winning playwright Arthur Meek and based on Our Māoris, the memoirs of Ann Martin, the young wife of New Zealand’s first Chief Justice, who arrived in New Zealand in 1841. Intrepid, intelligent and possessed with a great sense of humour, she disregarded her personal disability, set about learning te reo, established a makeshift hospital for Māori on the beach at Judges Bay and dared to dream of all that was possible in this brave new world.
Lady Martin’s real adventure took place between 1840 and 1872, an exact parallel of the period between the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and the official end of the Land Wars.
This unashamedly Pakeha view of early colonial history is surprisingly liberal, heartfelt and funny. Ann Martin’s acute observations of Māori and Pakeha settlers alike have uncanny resonances for us today.
‘The play is one which will enter the pantheon of great New Zealand theatre and Devenie’s performance as one of the best of the year.’ – NBR
‘Devenie makes this role her own. She is enchanting and captivating, her focus for the full 90 minutes never wavers, nor does our delight in her performance.’ – Lynn Freeman, Capital Times
October 14, 2012
Nelson & suburbs
78 Rutherford St, Nelson
Early Bird A res $44, B res $39; Full A res $48, B res $43; Under 18 A Res $25, B Res $20 Plus service fee
Tickets from Everyman Records ph. 03 548 3083.
Ph. 03 545 8734