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Archiving Magdalena

Magdalena archive

Over the last weekend, Madeline, Lisa and Janet spent many hours pouring over the archives of Magdalena Aotearoa, which have been in a filing cabinet or two at Toi Poneke Arts Centre for several years. Prior to that they travelled from one house to another, from basements and attics to underneath beds or into high cupboards - always treasured and carefully boxed, labelled and transported. Now the time has come to assess what is there - photos, newsletters books, posters, programmes, flyers, memories - and how best to keep it.

'Flaubert's Drum', book of poetry by Sugu Pillay

Sugu Pillay, who participated in the 2008 Gathering with an open rehearsal of her script about the "torpedo women", female Tamil Tigers, has recently published a book of poetry, "Flaubert's Drum".

During August and September Sugu is touring with the book to Dunedin, Timaru, Christchurch, Porirua, Wellington, Auckland and Tauranga. You are warmly invited to attend; please see the attached files for information about dates and venues.

Baggage Co-op Packing Their Bags for the UK

Baggage Coop

Baggage Co-op are delighted to be taking their show Te Haerenga, a journey of identity to the UK next month.

That’s So Gay opens at BATS Theatre, 26-28 April

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Hi everyone

I am currently directing That's So Gay as part of my Master of Theatre Arts in Directing and I wanted to let you know about the show. I've attached a flyer and info about it - be great if you can come and / or let others know about it.

Kind regards
Toni Regan

That's So Gay

Leone Hatherly remembered

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We were saddened to learn last week of the death of Leone (Lee) Hatherly, who will be known to many in the Magdalena network for her great sense of humour, wonderful voice and larger-than-life personality. Lee was M.C. ("Mother Chook") for the women's comedy show Hen's Teeth, as well as having a long career in radio, television and film.

She is remembered on the Theatreview web site.

"Dancing in the Wake" by Jan Bolwell

Dancing in the Wake
by Jan Bolwell

A new play based on the life of LUCIA JOYCE:
daughter of the writer JAMES JOYCE;
friend and would-be lover of SAMUEL BECKETT.

Premieres at the Museum Art Hotel, Wellington
February 9-12, as part of FRINGE 2012.

Dancing in the Wake tells the lively and ultimately tragic story of an extraordinary and talented young woman who grew up in the shadow of her famous father, James Joyce.

At Circle’s End

The Drama of Death from Diverse Perspectives

A group of strangers; diverse in culture, faith, age and performance experience have worked together to create this unique production exploring death and dying, grief, mourning and lamentation; a celebration of diversity and sameness, an ultimate celebration of life.

Six performances only at the Museum of Wellington City & Sea
duration 40 minutes

7pm Friday 18 November
3pm Saturday 19 November
3pm Sunday 20 November
7pm Friday 25 November
3pm Saturday 26 November
3pm Sunday 27 November


A Vote for Cynthia

Helen Moulder as Cynthia

Just in time for the election, Helen Moulder and Rose Beauchamp are back with the hilarious political character Cynthia Fortitude, in A Vote For Cynthia.

Friday, 18th November 7.30pm for 8pm
Breaker Bay Hall. $20. BYO. Supper Provided
Bookings: or 233 1842
Fundraiser for Wellington Repertory

Sunday, 20th November 4pm
The Long Hall (behind Roseneath School)
$25 Afternoon Tea included.
Tel: 388 8069 or 384 5228
Fundraiser for The Long Hall

Call for artists for the 2012 Dunedin Fringe

How about you for the 2012 Dunedin Fringe?
The Dunedin Fringe Festival is calling for artists for the 2012 Festival which runs from 15-25 March. Applications are now open for key venues and for funding for the development and touring of new work.

The 2012 Dunedin Fringe Festival will build on our history of supporting contemporary artists in Dunedin, New Zealand, and from around the world to develop and present exciting new work. As always our focus is on innovative and experimental work that engages, provokes and entertains.

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