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.