That Bloody Woman
Kate Sheppard is back. New Zealand’s favourite daughter is one of the most important figures in the history of suffrage and women’s rights and now she has her own musical!
The show is framed as a rock concert for Kate and her ‘gang’ to tell us her story, the story of New Zealand’s suffrage movement and to give us an almighty kick up the ass more than 125 years later. We see her and her friends transition from temperance to suffrage, taking on the anti-suffrage Prime Minister of the day, Richard “King Dick” Seddon and ultimately persuading a quarter of the female population to sign a crucial petition. But behind the public persona her personal life was in turmoil – trapped in a loveless marriage, in love with her best friend and deprived of her only child when she needed him most.
It may be a Kiwi story, but it’s also a universal one – a story of how one person can start a movement to change the world. This is more than history, this is HER story.
Co-Directors: Courteney Mayall and Kyle Chuen
Musical Director: Nick Braae
Choreographer: Lauren Mann