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Page Turners - 150 Years of Wellingtonians


Sat 25 Jul 2015, 11:00am–12:00pm
Sat 25 Jul 2015, 1:00pm–2:00pm
Sat 25 Jul 2015, 3:00pm–4:00pm
Sun 26 Jul 2015, 3:00am–4:00pm
Sun 26 Jul 2015, 11:00am–12:00pm
Sun 26 Jul 2015, 1:00pm–2:00pm

Where: National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Jane Yonge

This year marks 150 years since Wellington became the capital city.

As part of the Capital 150 birthday celebrations, the National Library is presenting Page Turners, a free theatrical event in which five famous Wellingtonians from the past present their stories in front of an enormous, operating pop-up book.

Meet Te Rauparaha, Robin Hyde, Nancy Wake, James K. Baxter, and Carmen Rupe as they regale you with tales from their distinctly Wellington lives.

Celebrate the people whose histories made our colourful capital city and acknowledge the wealth of stories held by the National Library.

Page Turners will be performed three times daily during the National Library’s Open House weekend, 25-26 July, at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.

For more information see

Sponsored by Wellington Community Trust.

Directed by Jane Yonge
Produced by Isobel Mebus
Set designed and created by Glenna Matcham and Struan Ashby
Costume design: Sophie Sargent
Lighting design: Jeremy Larkin

Te Rauparaha, performance by Jim Moriarty, written by Jim Moriarty
Robin Hyde, performance by Isobel MacKinnon, written by Jo Randerson (using Robin Hyde's own words)
Nancy Wake, performance by Jean Sergent, written by Jean Sergent and Isobel Mebus (using Nancy Wake's own words)
James K. Baxter, performance by Andrew Paterson, written by Jo Randerson (using James K. Baxter's own words)
Carmen Rupe, performance by Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho, written by Jane Yonge (using Carmen's own words)

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