New Gardens show is gold and it’s local

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In a novelty for local theatre, most of this weekend’s Queenstown Gardens production has been locally written or adapted.

Remarkable Theatre’s Greed, Glamour & Grudges – Tales of Gold – being performed over eight shows between tomorrow and Sunday – depicts scenes from the early days of Wakatipu gold discovery in the 1860s.

The writers include actor Andrew Edgar, director Tiffany Menzies and committee members Melanie Grindell, Kate Blackhurst and Tori Keating-Mackay. The latter’s husband Malcolm Mackay, who’s published a history of Queenstown’s Earnslaw steamship, has also written a piece on local sea captain Bully Hayes.

“It’s been a great opportunity for people who haven’t had their work shown before to see it performed and directed,” Keating-Mackay says.

“Beyond writing, it’s also been a lot of research – it’s been really nice rediscovering the history of the Wakatipu, because there is just so much that we take for granted.”

The writers were helped with research by Dave Clarke, director of Arrowtown’s Lakes District Museum.

Keating-Mackay says her theatre company hopes to provide further opportunities for other local budding playwrights.

The Gardens production runs tomorrow at 6 and 8pm and on Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4 and 6pm. Gold coin donations are welcomed.