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Thu 9 Oct 2008–Sun 12 Oct 2008, 8:00pm–9:15pm

Where: Pioneer Women's Hall, 362 Moray Pl, Dunedin

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The Auckland Theatre Company present Stuart Devenie in this one-man show portraying the exploits of the infamous Southlander Mr Hatch – Mayor of Invercargill, MP and entrepreneur.

Joseph Hatch seized any business opportunity but his biggest venture was the Macquarie Island steaming works which placed him at the centre of an international outcry over cruelty to penguins: Hatch rendered down more than three million of them for their oil!

Geoff Chapple’s rollicking new play recreates the 1920’s Magic Lantern Lecture tours Hatch undertook throughout New Zealand and Tasmania to justify his actions and clear his name. Hatch or The Plight of the Penguins offers a rousing hour in the company of Hatch, a charismatic, wily man.

Hatch plays in the Pioneer Women’s Hall, an intimate venue where Mr Hatch would have felt very much at home.

“ . . . by the time Mr Joseph Hatch puts the motion seeking support for his cause, we are almost ready to vote against the penguins and the lessons time has taught us, in favour of an irresistible character. - THEATREVIEW

“ . . . the original images Hatch produced to justify his actions and clear his name, and the powerful acting of Devenie combined to deliver an unforgettable evening.” - THE SOUTHLAND TIMES

“It’s destined to become as significant a piece as End of The Golden Weather and Krishnana’s Dairy.” - Radio New Zealand