The New Zealand Festival is due to hit Wellington early next year, with a host of performances set for Kapiti stages.
Organisers have confirmed five festival events will visit Kapiti venues in February and March, bringing a slice of the spectacular month-long festival to the Coast.
Award-winning play Tom Crean-Unsung Antarctic Hero , a one-man play performed by Irish actor and writer Aidan Dooley, is one of the chosen events and will be staged at Otaki's Civic Theatre on Thursday, March 13 at 7pm.
The performance brings to life the experiences of Tom Crean, one of the few men to survive three famous Antarctic expeditions and serve with legendary explorers Scott and Shackleton. Crean (1877-1938) was awarded the Albert Medal for bravery after a 36-mile solitary trek to rescue his comrades, a feat described by historians as one of the finest acts of individual heroism from the age of exploration.
Dooley won a First Fringe award at Edinburgh for his performance and the New York Times called the show ''an unparalleled portrayal''.
Organisers recommend audience members are aged 10 and over, and tickets are $38 for adults and $15 for children, from Ticketek.
Two of the other Kapiti events will he held at Paekakariki's St Peter's Hall, starting with ''an eclectic afternoon of wit and wisdom'' by graphic novelist and cartoonist Alison Bechdel, alongside Stanford University's Professor of English Terry Castle on Saturday, March 8 at 4pm, followed by New Zealand author Duncan Sarkies' The Demolition of the Century , on Saturday, March 15 at 4pm.
Waikanae's Mahara Gallery will host curator, biographer and art collection manager Jill Trevelyan. She will discuss New Zealand painters, including Rita Angus and Toss Woollaston, on Sunday, March 9 at 4pm. Later on the same day, Paraparaumu's Southward Theatre will come alive to the sounds of Irish band Rhythm and Reels, featuring Hot House Flowers frontman Liam O' Maonlai, described as a night of world music and folk sounds that is ''like a party on stage'', starting at 7.30pm.Tickets for all events are through Ticketek.
For more information see nzfestival.co.nz.
- Kapiti Observer
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