Kororāreka- The Ballad of Maggie of Flynn

Kororāreka at going west festival


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.

This production of Kororareka – The Ballad of Maggie Flynn has been specially restaged for Te Pou Theatre giving the audience a rare chance to get up close to the story and the actors.

A bare bones rendition that takes you to the heart of Maggie’s story!

Te Pou Theatre
Friday 22 September | 11am | Matinée Student rate $10.00, post-show forum
Saturday 23 September | 7pm | $25.00 (concession $20.00), post-show forum
Sunday 24 September | 4pm | $25.00 (concession $20.00)
Bookings at iTICKET.co.nz

Set in the era of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Kororareka (Russell) was a lawless outpost in a wild country.

Maggie Flynn leaves Ireland a convict and arrives in Kororareka the captain of a whaling ship. When burying her husband on the shores of this land she is captured by a Maori chief and becomes his mokai, 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 continuing to twist and turn Maggie becomes a force facilitating the burgeoning trade between Maori 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.


Like a thieving Magpie that has collected all these stories, I give to you a little nest filled with shiny trinkets, stolen from the dusty, foolish and unwary books of history. - Paolo Rotondo


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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