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Napier Repertory Players - Eugenia

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  • Wed 15 Jun ’16, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Thu 16 Jun ’16, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Fri 17 Jun ’16, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Sat 18 Jun ’16, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Sun 19 Jun ’16, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Wed 22 Jun ’16, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Thu 23 Jun ’16, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Fri 24 Jun ’16, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Sat 25 Jun ’16, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
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Napier Little Theatre, 76 McGrath St, Napier


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $28.00
  • Senior Citizens, Students 18 years and under: $23.00

This is written by New Zealand Playwright, Lorae Parry and is Inspired by the book “Eugenia” by Suzanne Falkiner.

This drama moves from the past to the present in presenting a view of the life of Eugenia Falleni who dressed and lived as a man and was accused of murdering his wife in Sydney in 1920.

The Director is Anne Corney.
The play is set in Wellington in 1916 and 2016. The play is not a musical but involves music and dance.

Who Was Eugenia Falleni?
In her early teens Eugenia began to live and dress as a man. She worked as a cabin boy on a ship bound for Sydney, during which time she was raped by the ship’s Captain and subsequently became pregnant.

Calling herself Harry Crawford, she had a daughter (Josephine) who was raised by foster parents. As Harry, Eugenia worked at numerous places and in numerous capacities and married Annie Birkett.

In 1917, after four years of marriage, Annie reportedly learned of Harry’s concealed gender and subsequently went missing. Annie’s body was found, three years later, battered and burned and Eugenia was subsequently charged with her violent murder. During the three years Annie went missed, Eugenia married a second time.

After a sensational trial (“the man-woman” case) Eugenia was sentenced to death. On appeal her sentence was commuted to life with hard labour and she served 11 years at the State Reformatory for Women, Long Bay, Sydney.

Eugenia died in 1938, aged 59, from injuries sustained when she accidentally stepped in front of a car.

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