THE PINK HAMMER

Globe Theatre, 104 London St, Dunedin

02/12/2021 - 11/12/2021

Production Details



The Globe Theatre’s presents The Pink Hammer for Christmas 

The Globe Theatre’s Christmas production this year is the The Pink Hammer by Michele Amas, directed Terry MacTavish MNZM.  Ms MacTavish is well known in the Dunedin theatrical world with many directing, reviewing and acting credits to her name.  She also taught drama at Queen’s High School for more than 45 years and Michele was one of her students who was inspired to continue studying drama once she left school.  Michele, who sadly passed away in 2016, spent most of her working life acting and directing for notable theatre, radio and television shows and has won many distinguished literary and theatrical awards.  Michele herself has truly described this play as “outrageous, laughter filled and heart-warming”. 

Director’s comments

This play has great personal significance for me, and I feel privileged to be entrusted with the Globe’s production. Michele Amas was one of my most talented pupils at Queen’s High in the 70s – her imaginative writing was so impressive I have even preserved her third form English book!

By the time she wrote The Pink Hammer, she had gained not only life experience and many awards, but a vast knowledge of effective stage craft. Michele knew first-hand what would resonate with New Zealand audiences, what would touch their hearts and what would rock them with laughter. No wonder she was hailed as an outstanding Kiwi comedy writer, successor to the likes of Roger Hall, but contemporary and feminist in her insightful social commentary.

She treats her characters with compassion, wit, and impeccable fairness. Each is given a fascinating back story which emerges as the stroppy Pink Hammer ladies and their hapless tutor Woody learn to trust each other, winning our sympathy, or at least our understanding. Some of us may even be inspired to grab power tools and change our own lives. Laugh with them, cry with them. These are our people.

The Globe Theatre celebrates its 60th birthday this year. The Pink Hammer completes the 2021 season.

The Globe Theatre, 104 London Street, Dunedin:
Thursday 2 December – Saturday 4 December 2021, 7.30pm
Sunday 5 December 2021, 2.00 pm.
Tuesday 7 December – Saturday 11 December 2021, 7.30pm.
Bookings can be made at iticket.co.nz 


CAST (in order of appearance)
Louise, a trained nurse, living with her mother:  Laura Wells
Helen, owner of a horse stud farm:  Sofie Welvaert
Siobhan, vet’s assistant, Irish:  Hannah Pearson
Woody, carpenter, Maggie’s husband:  Ashley Stewart
Annabel, qualified counsellor:  Mārama Grant

CREW
Director:  Terry MacTavish
Production Manager:  David Thomson
Stage Manager:   Alison Cowan
Lighting Design:  Brian Byas
Special Effects:  Aaron Richardson, Brian Byas
Technical Operators:  Brian Byas, Jamie Byas, David Thomson
Props:  Cast & Crew
Set Design:  Terry MacTavish
Set Build + Décor:  Ray Fleury, David Thomson
Costumes:  Cast & Crew
Front of House Manager:  Leanne Byas
Front of House Assistants:  Friends of the Globe Theatre
Photography:  Martin Van Raalte
Publicity + Advertising:  Philippa Murrell


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Confident hands guide a funny, absorbing tale

Review by Brenda Harwood 10th Dec 2021

Witty dialogue and sight gags give way to a surprising depth of emotion in Michele Amas’ entertaining The Pink Hammer, at the Globe Theatre.

Directed by Terry MacTavish and starring a very fine ensemble cast of four women and one man, The Pink Hammer uses a clever comic set up to explore the universal topics of love, loneliness and the power of friendship. [More]
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Undemanding, highly entertaining NZ comedy

Review by Barbara Frame 08th Dec 2021

Maggie has absconded with their money, so when Louise, Siobhan, Annabel and Helen turn up for their carpentry course there’s no-one there but Maggie’s furious husband, Woody.

The chances of his taking over and teaching them a few useful skills look non-existent.

Playwright Michele Amas has come up with some intriguing, if not always sympathetic characters. [More

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Thought provoking, moving, full of good laughs and an emotional success

Review by Angela Trolove 03rd Dec 2021

A sawhorse collapses with a clatter. The audience roars with laughter. Four women are at a carpentry empowerment workshop (gone wrong), and one has just sawed right through her workstation. They have convinced carpenter Woody to teach them the basics. This is The Pink Hammer. In for the quips and gags, here for the progressive character studies, and staying – enlivening its audience with effective, loud hammer thuds to drive home a point and one hell of an unexpected, but perfect, ending. 

God, we women aren’t like that, are we? Audience members may find themselves recoiling. Four women inept with tools; blaming themselves for their father’s death/ son’s drug abuse/ absent mothering/ professional neglect; collective blackmailing; the stereotypes go on. The late Michele Amas wins me over however, not by scripting the one-on-one confiding—in the slower second act—of the guilt which has made the characters so timid/ domineering/ cold/ transient, but by having every single confidante say to the distressed person in question, “It’s not your fault. You did the best you could.” Or, “You can still make it right.”

This production raises the question of double standards – why do we blame ourselves when we’d never talk to others like that? Thankfully, it role-models listening, reassuring others, and pinning a twenty dollar note to a guy’s dartboard to encourage him to “Travel the world one day” and help him out of his comfort zone. 

Ray Fleury and David Thompson have constructed the classic Kiwi garage “with screws in jars, and silhouettes on the wall for the tools” down to the final tee. Their attention to detail does justice to the garage; each and every of the play’s eight scenes are comfortably set herein. Brian Byas’ lighting is simple and effective: one blinding overhead light for day, and a soft lamp supported with other soft lighting and ‘outdoor’ lighting through the garage doors for night. 

Director Terry MacTavish has assembled a superb cast. Hannah Pearson (Siobhan) is a charismatic upbeat character. She’s at home both on stage and in Woody’s workshop. Siobhan throws darts or helps herself to a beer from the beer fridge. Pearson can also sing a fine, haunting tune. Sofie Welvaert (Helen), rather than resorting to eye-liner wrinkles or talcum hair, ages herself simply by her posture, discrete limp, and reserve. She’s the one character who sides with Woody, at first (a relief!), but also, perhaps slyly, the one character coherent enough to see they can blackmail him.

Mārama Grant (Annabel) is deliciously painful as the psychologist in denial. A strong actor, she keeps her character, which could too easily become a super caricature, in balance. Laura Wells (Louise) has the versatility to act timid. “Look, you made her scratch,” Siobhan says to Woody when he embarrasses her, and there she is with her nervous itch. Soon she’s a loud, adorable drunk. And finally, a socially-rejuvenated star.

Ashley Stewart (Woody) shows a similar versatility in reverse, going from an aggressive, jittery and rightly annoyed man to a caring, sprawling sort. He better covers Louise with a blanket as she sleeps off her hangover, and dims the lamp.

While this play (written seven years ago) functions heavily on gender and class stereotypes, themes of solidarity, humour and support in times of crisis are what really come through and make this play so relevant. Its intended audience is having a great night. The cast does a wonderful job and obviously enjoys being in character.

Thought provoking, moving, and full of good laughs, this The Pink Hammer is a beautiful tribute to Michele Amas, and an emotional success.  

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