May 14, 2013

Name of 1990s play??

Germaine Woltman         posted 14 May 2013, 05:49 PM

Can anyone help me?  During the mid 1990s there was a theatre company toured NZ and produced a play based on letters found at National Archives.  It was based in the 1800s in colonial NZ about a European woman whose Maori husband died.  She was abandoned or ignored by both cultures thereafter.  I didn’t see the play but have always wanted to find out more about this.  Does anyone remember it?

John Smythe      posted 14 May 2013, 10:36 PM / edited 14 May 2013, 10:39 PM

That sounds like

The Bellbird by Stephen Sinclair

Set in Marlborough in the late 1860s, The Bellbird brings the worlds of Maori and Pakeha together in a haunting play of passion, family politics and despair. A touching, tragic romance between a Pakeha woman and a Maori man. On the death of her husband she is no longer welcome back in her own community and her deceased husband’s family want nothing to do with her.

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