Kororāreka: The Ballad of Maggie of Flynn
Kororāreka: THE BALLAD OF MAGGIE 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.
Book your tickets below
MTG Hawkes bay, 1 tennyson street, napier 4110
hannah playhouse, 12 cambridge terrace, te aro, wellington 6011
Māngere Arts Centre – Nga Tohu o Uenuku, cnr bader drive and orly avenue, māngere, auckland 2022
underground theatre, 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
oneonesix, 116 bank street, whangarei 0110
"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
Awhina Rose Ashby
Te Aihe Butler
Premiere - Auckland
Town Hall, 7pm
The Turner Centre, 7pm
OneOneSix, Fri 7pm. Sat 2pm & 7pm