Minnie, Victor play not for faint of heart

GWYNETH HYNDMAN
Last updated 11:57 25/02/2013
Jade Gillies, Angela Newell and Lizzie Dawson perform in “A Cry Too Far From Heaven”
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NOTORIOUS PAIR: Jade Gillies, Angela Newell and Lizzie Dawson perform in “A Cry Too Far From Heaven”.

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A 50-minute play linking a Winton baby farmer and a Bluff soldier executed for desertion has featured at the Wellington Fringe Festival.

A Cry Too Far From Heaven was written by Invercargill actors Angela Newell, Jade Gillies and Lizzie Dawson in March, last year, and taken to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in July.

Newell said the play about Winton baby farmer Minnie Dean (Dawson), hanged for infanticide in 1895, and young Maori soldier Victor Spencer (Gillies), executed in 1918 for desertion, was not for the faint of heart. "It's an authentic representation of two people who really suffered a lot, and that's not for everyone."

Newell said there was a lot of hunger for plays by Kiwis about Kiwis. "New Zealand theatre is at that point when it wants to see its own people on the stage; they want to see their own stories."

A Cry Too Far From Heaven plays at the Repertory House on Sunday March 16 at 4pm and 7.30pm.

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