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Sat 14 Nov 2015, 6:00pm–8:00pm
Sun 15 Nov 2015, 5:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Country Homestead at Black Sheep Farm, 1034 Cove Rd, Waipu Cove, Bream Bay, Whangarei District

Restrictions: R13

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $45.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: lisa3n8

Written by Helen Moulder and Sue Rider, directed by Sue Rider

A modern magical mystery with music from The Magic Flute

“It’s imperative to have a good handbag when you’re on the way out”

“Six characters, expert story telling, opera singing and magic tricks, all performed by a cast of one” - Keeping Up With NZ
“Highly enjoyable entertainment” - DominionPost

“Charming and poignant; an epic in miniature” Manawatu Standard

The Country Homestead at Black Sheep Farm is proudly hosting Helen’s wonderful show for 2 nights only. Tickets are sold out for Saturday 14th November but there are still limited tickets available for Sunday 15th November. Early booking is advised. (Details below).

Gloria’s Handbag opened in Wellington at Circa Theatre in March 2014. Since then Helen has been touring NZ, NSW & Queensland and is now touring in NZ again. She is coming to the Country Homestead at Black Sheep Farm, Waipu, on Saturday 14th November and Sunday 15th November 2015.

What would you think if your elderly mother suddenly spent $11,000 on a handbag?
It is 2021 and Gloria, aged ninety-seven, hasn’t long to live. Her son Craig is pushing her to move to a “retireville” but she wants to die in her own home. On a whim, Gloria buys an extraordinary designer handbag. This purchase not only meets with huge disapproval from her son but sets off a series of unusual events which transform Gloria’s remaining days and enable her to send a message to the future.

To find the elusive bag for the show Helen trawled through the internet and hunted op shops and factory outlets throughout the country. “It was a lot of fun,” she said. “I’ve always had a very basic handbag, but there are a lot of amazing ones out there!” Eventually Helen and director Sue Rider decided on having a one-off bag created by costume designer Gillie Coxill. “There is nothing like it anywhere,” Helen said. “It is extraordinary.”

Once again Helen has collaborated with Sue Rider to write this new show. They will be remembered for their acclaimed work together on Meeting Karpovsky and Playing Miss Havisham, both of which have toured NZ.

Ticket prices includes the Show and light supper afterwards.