Taranaki Arts Festival - Miss Jean Batten

Where: Theatre Royal - TSB Showplace, 92 - 100 Devon St West, New Plymouth, Taranaki

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Premium: $49.00
  • Premium friend: $45.00
  • A reserve adult: $45.00
  • A reserve friend: $39.00
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Listed by: Cleo Wood

New Zealand/Aotearoa.

When Miss Jean Batten successfully landed in Auckland in 1936, the mayor greeted her with the words, “Jean you are a very naughty girl, and really I think you want a good spanking for giving us such a terribly anxious time here.”

Flying in the face of danger and convention, Jean Batten wasn’t just cool and glamorous; she was a great pilot who knew how to wield a wrench.

In this one-woman show, Alex Ellis becomes Jean Batten taking us on that epic journey in a single-engine plane made of wood and fabric and navigating with a compass and watch.

Written by Phil Ormsby, the script is as elegant as Jean Batten, who always dressed like a movie star, even when soaring through the skies.

On this thrilling flight, in which Mt Taranaki has a fleeting role, Alex shares Jean Batten’s life story.

Sir Edmund Hillary’s triumphant ascent of Mt Everest is world famous - in this play we celebrate another New Zealander who also reached great heights.

“This is a magical tale and in her own words utterly liberating.” - Stuff

Sponsored by: TSB Showplace
Supported by: Creative NZ
Produced by: Flaxworks