Moose of Fire Productions

A Hundred Words for Snow

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'A Hundred Words for Snow', by Tatty Hennessy.

"It's a bit weird to be sitting and drinking with a fit boy with your dad's ashes in your backpack."

15-year-old Rory has suddenly lost her father, who was a geography teacher and frustrated explorer. She sets out achieve his unfulfilled dream - to go to the North Pole.

This one-woman show is an extraordinary piece of new writing by Tatty Hennessy. Rory's journeys - UK to Svalbard, selfish to enlightened, child to adult - serve as parallels to humanity's relationships with the Arctic, and the environment as a whole. From 18th Century 'explorers' to current climatic trauma, overarching themes of discovery, change, and resilience accompany us the entire way. By turns funny, poignant, adventurous, historical and thought-provoking, 'A Hundred Words for Snow' captures the world-view of a girl growing up. Rory is pragmatic and emotional, observant and selfish, a conduit of humankind's relationship to our rapidly-changing environment.

Moose of Fire Productions are proud to have been granted the rights for this delightful tale, and look forward to presenting its New Zealand premiere. This Boosted campaign is to assist with production costs, which are otherwise self-funded.

We intend for a successful Dunedin season to be followed by a National tour - so your support will help us bring this show to you.

Oh, and there's polar bears.

The Moose Team:

Rory: Lani Swann
Director: Ellie Swann
Technical Design: Martin Swann


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    This "beardy man" is Arctic explorer Fridtjof Nansen. He features in 'A Hundred Words for Snow', and is a strong symbol of 15 year old Rory's connection with her recently-passed Dad. Their relationship, and how she navigates being without him, is what resonates so strongly with me, and why I love this play so much. I shared with my Dad a love of football, and the value of working in the nonprofit sector. He was once chairman of the Fortune Theatre, and is part of the reason I work in theatre today. He was also a businessman, and I think of him so much when I am up to my eyeballs in the establishment, governance, and management of the New Athenaeum Theatre. He was a massive support when we were starting up, but unfortunately passed away before he could see the cracker it is today. Over the past two years, Martin, Lani and I have been so involved in other people's productions, we haven't had the opportunity to do our own. Now we have, we desperately need your help. We have a chunk of money saved, but it is only enough to cover the rights and some production aspects. Our Boosted campaign is your chance to help us along, and we would so appreciate anything you can throw. Please, please, ask three friends to match your donation, and I feel like this will actually happen. It ends soon, so please let everyone know! We are on stage in September. Ellie xx

    I'm feeling a bit emotional about this