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I'll Tell You This For Nothing


Fri 7 Dec 2018, 7:30pm–8:40pm Opening night
Sun 9 Dec 2018, 4:30pm–5:40pm Closing night

Where: St Peters Hall, Cnr Beach Rd and Ames St, Paekakariki, Kapiti Coast

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $23.00 ($20.00 + $3.00 fees)
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Listed by: barberneal42

At the age of 88 Phyllis JasonSmith, an Irish woman who lived most of her life in Pukerua Bay and Paraparaumu, was awarded France’s highest accolade for exceptional courage -the Legion d'Honneur.

“This really is a superb piece of writing, and I hope it will go on and on. It needs to be told and retold”. - Pinky Agnew

A nurse with the Queen Alexandra Nursing Corps, on D-Day Phyllis was sent to the Front Line in France. During the next months her hospital followed the war through Europe, where she found the love of her life. After the war she and her husband emigrated to New Zealand and settled in Pukerua Bay.

Phyllis’s WWII tale of war, courage, romance and danger is brought to life in an acclaimed 70-minute solo performance written and acted by her daughter, Kate JasonSmith.

Kate herself grew up in Pukerua Bay, then went on to an extensive career in the performing arts. Her skills have encompassed acting, directing, writing and set design - around the world - though she may be best known in New Zealand as the creator and producer of the iconic women’s comedy company "Hens’ Teeth".

Paekakariki artist Jan Bolwell, an acclaimed solo performer herself ("Bill Massey’s Tourists", "Standing on My Hands", "Here’s Hilda") has directed this highly-praised play.

"'I’ll Tell You This for Nothing' has so many things going for it, it’s hard for a reviewer to know where to start. First up, it’s a tremendous story ... a balance between personal experience and the larger historical events through which Phyllis moves. ... Versatile, skilled and charismatic, Kate JasonSmith’s performance is a mighty achievement in its own right." - Tim Stevenson, Theatreview