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based on Mahy’s essay Notes of a Bag Lady, adapted and performed by Jane Waddell. Directed by Stella Reid.

When: Sunday, 10 June at 2pm
Where: Artworks Theatre, Oneroa, Waiheke Island
Tickets collected on the day, at Artworks Theatre

Acclaimed theatre practitioner Jane Waddell will perform a matinee for Storylines of her delightful stage adaptation.  Tickets are $20.  The performance is an hour long and will be followed by a post-show talk by Jane in conversation with Bridget Mahy.

I Am Not Margaret Mahy will reveal the eccentric woman behind the stories that ignited our imaginations: her witchy ways, her bag-lady tendencies and her never-ending search for adventure. It’s a reminder to us all that you can grow old, but you don’t need to grow up.

“When I read Notes of a Bag Lady I was struck by how clearly Mahy's voice, her intelligence and her curiosity and humour, leapt off the page,” says Jane. “I was aware that nothing about her life had been presented on stage before and felt that as one of our most adored and successful writers, she herself deserved an outing.” 

I Am Not Margaret Mahy recounts varied path Margaret Mahy took to becoming one of New Zealand’s most successful and celebrated writers, from a young girl growing up in Whakatane trying to convince her school friends that she really was a witch, to a bewildered student graduating with “a very ordinary BA”, to a librarian and finally, a full-time writer. At every stage we are reminded of her extraordinary imagination, and shown how her famous characters – witches, lions, sharks and any number of pirates – were born out of her (often quite adult) life experiences. 

“It’s not a children’s show,” says Jane, “but it is a show for young adults and adults who have loved her writing and would like to know more about her life.” 

Not only an accomplished scriptwriter, Jane also performs as Mahy in the play. Audiences will recognise Jane from her more than four decades of acting, including numerous productions at Circa Theatre and theatres around the country, and several TV roles on shows such as Gliding On and What Now? 

Artworks Theatre on Waiheke Island is currently the only Auckland venue for this production following its Wellington’s premiere, and presents an opportunity for a special Storylines group outing.  Waiheke Island is just 35 minutes by ferry from the Downtown Ferry Terminal.  Artworks Theatre, Oneroa is a five-minute door to door bus ride from the Matiatia Wharf Terminal, with Waiheke Island’s beautiful beaches, popular wineries, art galleries, cafés and scenic walking tracks all within reach for a perfect day’s outing.  

I Am Not Margaret Mahy

NZ $20.00

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