Kororāreka: The Ballad of Maggie of Flynn


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.

Kororāreka – The Ballad of Maggie Flynn is touring the North Island in August and September 2018.

PLEASE NOTE: Images for this production on this page are from our previous presentation in 2017, for the 2018 tour our set has been scaled down to make it more tourable.

Book your tickets below

NAPIER   24 August

MTG Hawkes bay, 1 tennyson street, napier 4110

WELLINGTON   28 to 31 August

hannah playhouse, 12 cambridge terrace, te aro, wellington 6011

AUCKLAND – MANGERE   3 – 4 September

Māngere Arts Centre – Nga Tohu o Uenuku, cnr bader drive and orly avenue, māngere, auckland 2022

AUCKLAND – ALBANY   7 September

underground theatre**, LOWER FLOOR, ATRIUM BLDG, massey university, university AVEnue, albany 0632

TAURANGA   11 – 12 September

baycourt community and art centre, 38 durham street, tauranga 3110

HAMILTON   14 – 15 September

the meteor theatre, 1 victoria street, hamilton 3204

"Director Julie Nolan has a sharp eye for that sense of a frozen waterfall – the crystalline moment of first encounter with an image." - Kate Prior, Pantograph Punch


Julie Nolan

Paolo Rotondo

Alison Bruce
Miriama McDowell
Awhina Rose Ashby
Victoria Abbott
Katrina George

Elizabeth Whiting

Set Design
John Verryt

Imagery Design
Poppy Serano
Owen McCarthy

Sound Design
Robin Kelly
Te Aihe Butler

Performance History

Premiere - Auckland
Q Theatre
June 2017

Town Hall, 7pm
June 2017

The Turner Centre, 7pm
June 2017

OneOneSix, Fri 7pm. Sat 2pm & 7pm
June 2017

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