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Goodnight, Irene


Thu 15 Mar 2012, 7:00pm–9:00pm
Fri 16 Mar 2012, 7:00pm–9:00pm
Sat 17 Mar 2012, 2:00pm–3:30pm
Sat 17 Mar 2012, 7:00pm–9:00pm

Where: Globe Theatre, 104 London Street, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $15.00
  • Concession: $11.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Triggered by the Pike River Mine disaster, the play takes the form of a wake held by a fictional family on the night of the explosion. The 'mail order' Russian wife of one of the miners arrives at the home of his father, who is dying of cancer. She has been drinking. Songs, heritage and life experiences are swapped as the grieving process takes place. The arrival of the educated son creates further tension. Add a district nurse and a teenage daughter and a rich drama of grief, laughter and stoicism unfolds.The performers are from a community-based group based in Greymouth and developed the play as their response to the Pike disaster.

The play features the songs of UK writer/composer, Helen Chadwick as well as popular songs and Russian folk songs. The script was written by Paul Maunder and the cast is made up of Maunder, Heather Fletcher, Jason Johnson, Freya Johnson and Corrina Gestro-Best.

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