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Jan Bolwell

Jan is a playwright, performer, choreographer and director of Wellington’s popular dance company for mature women, Crows Feet Dance Collective.

Jan has written six plays. Bill Massey’s Tourists, a solo play about her grandfather’s experiences in WW1, has just finished a very successful month long national tour with Arts On Tour New Zealand. It was the third in a trilogy of solo plays Jan has written about her family. Standing on my Hands told the story of her father’s WW2 experiences and Here’s Hilda! was the dramatisation of her grandmother’s life.

In 2013 her play Dancing in the Wake, featuring Sacha Copland and John Smythe and herself, toured throughout the country with Arts on Tour New Zealand.

Double Portrait, her play about Frances Hodgkins with actors John Wraight and Perry Piercy, also toured extensively throughout the country.

Jan’s new play Taking the High Ground about mountaineers Freda du Faur and Lydia Bradey was written during a residency at the Robert Lord’s Writers Cottage in Dunedin. It premieres at Bats Theatre, Wellington 5-9 December this year.