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 toured the North Island in August and September 2018.

"Beautifully charged scenes, physical theatrics and well thought-out choreography stimulate and intrigue throughout... Funny, crude and bold, many stories are woven into this ballad that create robust discussion long after the play ends" - Terri Ripeka Crawford rāua Whare Isaac-Sharland, Theatreview

Team

Director
Julie Nolan

Writer
Paolo Rotondo

Original Devising Cast
Alison Bruce
Miriama McDowell
Awhina Rose Ashby
Victoria Abbott
Katrina George

Touring Cast
Alison Bruce
Victoria Abbott
Katrina George
Amber Curreen
Hinerongonui Kingi

Costume
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

Russell
Town Hall
June 2017

Kerikeri
The Turner Centre
June 2017

Whangarei
OneOneSix
June 2017

Napier
MTG Hawkes Bay
August 2018

Wellington
Hannah Playhouse
August 2018

Auckland
Mangere Arts Centre
September 2018

Tauranga
Baycourt Community and Art Centre
September 2018

Hamilton
The Meteor Theatre
September 2018


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