Wild women cap­tured in tale


The tale of fiery, un­for­get­table Ir­ish woman Mag­gie Flynn is about to hit North­land shores.

Koro­rareka: The Bal­lad of Mag­gie Flynn will be per­formed in Kerik­eri, Rus­sell and Whangarei from June 19 to 24, in a cel­e­bra­tion of the re­silient and hard work­ing char­ac­ters buried in Kiwi whaka­papa.

The show - pre­sented by Red Leap Theatre - takes au­di­ences from Flynn’s wretched be­gin­nings in old Lon­don town to the law­less out­post of Koro­rareka [Rus­sell].

Her for­tune twists and turns, from tro­phy slave to the wife of a great chief, to madam of the no­to­ri­ous King Ed­ward Ho­tel. One day cul­ture and his­tory col­lide, when she must chal­lenge the very world she sought to es­cape.

The pro­duc­tion is writ­ten by Paolo Ro­tondo and directed by Julie Nolan.

‘‘This story is unique to us as New Zealan­ders, un­rav­el­ling the legacy of the women in our past and stir­ring the ones too wild to be cap­tured by his­tory books,’’ Nolan says. ‘‘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.’’

Koro­rareka: The Bal­lad of Mag­gie Flynn at The Turner Cen­tre, Kerik­eri June 21, Rus­sell Town Hall, June 19 and OneOneSix Whangarei June 23 & 24.

❚ Visit redleapthe­atre.co.nz to book.

The Bal­lad of Mag­gie Flynn is show­ing in Rus­sell, Kerik­eri and Whangarei.

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