On the Upside Down of the World
This play is based on the journals of Lady Ann Martin, the young wife of our first Chief Justice who arrived in New Zealand in 1841. They set up home in Auckland. Intrepid, intelligent and possessing a great sense of humour, she disregarded her personal disability and set about learning Maori. She established a make-shift hospital, tutored Maori school students and dared to dream of what was possible in this brave new world.
Ann Martin’s acute observations of Maori and Pakeha settlers alike have uncanny resonances for us today.
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