PRODUCTIONS AROUND REGION INCLUDE:
■ Korora¯ reka: the Ballad of Maggie Flynn Written by Paolo Rotondo, directed by Julie Nolan. September 14-15, The Meteor, Hamilton. 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 seashanty, a coarse and vulgar rhyme that will make you laugh and cry to smell the sea again after so long.
■ Sblended Waikato Scouts And Guides, Riverlea Theatre, Hamilton, September 8-15. The Scouts and Guides of the Waikato join forces for the seventh time to present their latest production ‘Sblended Fairy Tales'. Fun for all the family.
■ Urinetown Directed by Scot Hall, musically directed by Sam Cleaver, choreographed by Philippa Chesham. Eight-day run starts September 21. Corporate greed, politics, social irresponsibility, bureaucracy and musical theatre itself are all in the firing line as Urinetown takes no prisoners in this hilarious romp through a post-apocalyptic future where water is more precious than gold.
■ The Case of Katherine Mansfield Friday September 7 at 7pm – Morrinsville College Library, and Saturday September 8 at 7pm – Little Theatre, Te Awamutu. In this gorgeous little one-woman show written by Catherine Downes, we enter the mind of young Katherine, following her intrepid travels around Europe in search of better health and ultimately, freedom.
■ Domestic Bliss Written by Christina Stachurski, directed by Tracey Barlow, September 1-15, Gaslight Theatre, 8 Alpha Street, Cambridge. Featuring three New Zealand women — Grace (a 1950s housewife with a secret), Jackie (a feisty 1970s solo mum) and Sarah (a modern businesswoman and mother of two), who, while living in different historical periods, share the same kitchen. Their stories unfold through monologues interspersed together one afternoon. This meeting reveals how these three women change each other's lives.