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Presented by the The Auckland Theatre Company at the
Maidment Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand, 24 April - 24 May 2004
Written by Peter Hawes; directed by Colin McColl


Charles Goldie | Michael Hurst
Hanah | Cherie James
Olive Goldie | Sophia Hawthorne
Jimmy Watson | Cameron Rhodes
Harry Morrison | Jason Whyte
Louis Steele/father | Peter McCauley
Patara Te Tuhi | George Henare
Tuwharetoa warrior | Te Kohe Tuhaka
Tuwharetoa warrior | Rob Mokaraka

Director | Colin McColl
Designer | John Verryt
Lighting Designer | Tony Rabbit
Costume Designer | Elizabeth Whiting
Kaumatua | Ngamaru Raerino
Stage Manager | Josh Hyman
Deputy Stage Manager | Fern Christie
Trainee Director | Caroline Bell-Booth
Operator | Rhed Clift
Properties Master | Stafford Alllpress
Publicity | de Laurnay Enterprises


With Cherie James (Hanah) and Cameron Rhodes (Jimmy Watson)

With Sophia Hawthorne (Olive Goldie)

With Cherie James (Hanah) and George Henare (Patara Te Tuhi)

From the Artistic Director:

More than fifty years after his death, C F Goldie's work still has the power to polarise. Derided by most of the art establishment but adored by the general public there is still no New Zealand artist who stirs the national psyche like Goldie. This was evident in our rehearsal room as cast and creative team engaged in furious debate on the merits of these works. But this play is not an art history lecture. Playwright Peter Hawes takes plenty of dramatic license with the facts and figures of Goldie's life to bring you the man behind the faces--an intriguing, contradictory character--at once intense, passionate and elitist yet adventurous, enquiring and genuine, particularly in his attempts to understand the history and the spirituality of Maori.

When Goldie died hundreds of bits of paper, with just his signature scrawled on them, were found throughout his studio. The same with reference and art books he owned--on every page, over photographs and plates of paintings--Goldie has signed his name. Why? Was it the need for constant affirmation of his status or his insecurity? Perhaps both. Peter Hawes' play explores the dramatic possibilities of this strange fact.

 Colin McColl



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Reviews and Articles on Goldie
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New Zealand Herald:  "Michael Hurst, who plays Charles Goldie, is so accomplished an actor and so committed to the role . . . "

Sunday Star-Times:  "Michael Hurst, on whose shoulders the production rests, was made for this role."

Listener:  " . . . (Michael Hurst's) transformation--from optimistic, top-of-the-class returning expatriate at the start of the play to deranged, lead-poisoned has-been two and a half hours later--was remarkable."

National Business Review:  "Michael Hurst as Goldie inhabits the part like a glove, the words spill out of him effortlessly and naturally, creating a believable, flawed character."

New Zealand Herald (preview):  "It looks to be just the sort of place to find an artist. . . . And indeed an artist is in residence. Dressed in a collarless shirt and striped waistcoat and white pants, Michael Hurst is busy being Charles Goldie . . . "