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Maungatapu (World Premiere) - Nelson Arts Festival

Maungatapu (World Premiere) - Nelson Arts Festival

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  • Mon 16 Oct ’17, 7:00pm – 8:15pm
  • Tue 17 Oct ’17, 7:00pm – 8:15pm


The Suter Theatre, 208 Bridge St, Nelson


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Senior (excludes TicketDirect service fee): $30.00
  • Under 19 (excludes TicketDirect service fee): $19.00
  • Group of 6+ (per person; excludes TicketDirect service fee): $30.00
  • Full (excludes TicketDirect service fee): $34.00

Northpark Productions.
Written by: Justin Eade
Directed by: Giles Burton

The Nelson Arts Festival is proud to present the World Premiere of last year’s Theatre in the Development project.

Murder, mayhem, love, loyalty, betrayal, honour, comradeship, justice, injustice and Nelson… this story has it all.

In 1866, the ‘Burgess-Kelly Gang’ murdered five men on the Maungatapu track, near Nelson, in New Zealand’s most infamous case of bush-ranging. The gang’s subsequent arrest, trial and hangings set the whole colony aflame with a mixture of morbid curiosity and righteous indignation.

Maungatapu delves into the relationships between gang members Burgess, Kelly, Levy and Sullivan as they plot and carry out the murders, are arrested, tried, then executed.

From Burgess’ remarkable death row ‘confession’, to Sullivan’s ‘betrayal’ of the others in return for a pardon, where does the truth lie?

“For brevity, succinctness, and concentration, it [Burgess’s confession] is perhaps without its peer in the literature of murder.” - Mark Twain

Warning: Contains coarse language & violence.

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