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FALLOUT: The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

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Two blasts disturb the winter night and a ship lies submerged in Auckland Harbour. A ship dedicated to peace. The world-premiere of 'FALLOUT' commemorates the 30th anniversary of an event that changed a nation.

'FALLOUT' - a joint venture between The Large Group ('Threepenny Opera', 'Between The Sheets') and Last Tapes Theatre Company ('Verbatim', 'Earnest'), brings this culturally significant event into the spotlight to examine its contribution to New Zealand's national identity. 'FALLOUT' boasts a celebrated creative team of industry leaders who will bring a powerhouse combination of AV, soundscape, and lighting design to The Basement Theatre main stage from May 20th - 30th.

In addition to public shows, this production will educate a new generation of young New Zealanders about the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior through The Basement Schools Programme, matinee performances exclusively for schools, and specialised education packs.


"The tenth of July 1985 was the day I grew up …
That was the day I learned that if you want to fight for something you put your life at risk…
I think it was when New Zealand came of age".

Performed by Fasitua Amosa ('Auckland Daze', 'Harry') Luanne Gordon ('Interrogation', 'Hope and Wire') Toby Leach ('Hillary', 'Harry') and Kerry Warkia ('Flat 3', 'Find Me a Maori Bride').

 Written by Bronwyn Elsmore. Directed by Jennifer Ward-Lealand.

 Design by Sean Lynch, Paul McLaney (Fly My Pretties, The Impending Adorations), and Jeremy Fern.

 Brought to you with support from Creative New Zealand, The Greenpeace Trust, PADET Trust, and the Lealand Family.

 FALLOUT: The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

 May 20-30, The Basement Theatre, Auckland

 For more information contact: Cherie Moore -   / 021 72 3330

 @FalloutRWarrior @LasttapesTC @Basementspace



  • We got there!


    You guys are too much - thanks for all your generosity and support. You've shown just how much you care about the arts, and about important New Zealand stories. What an amazing community - we're so proud to be a part of it.
    With just 9 hours to go we'd still love your help. Let's see what we can get!
    Jennifer and the team

    We got there!
  • Bunny McDiarmid remembers the Warrior


    One of the special guests at our opening night was Rainbow Warrior deckhand and current Director of Greenpeace NZ, Bunny McDiarmid. Today she posted this on her blog...

    "On Wednesday I went to the opening performance of "Fallout" playing at the Basement theatre.

    It's a play about the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior by French government agents, 30 years ago this July. But it's equally a story about NZ and its people. It was really brilliant. It made me laugh, cry, remember and be glad that Bronwyn Elsmore had written and Jennifer Ward-Lealand had produced a play that did the story justice."

    read the full post here.

    We really need your help now to push it over the line. Under $2000 to go but only 2 days left. Please help, and please spread the word.

    Kia ora,

    Jennifer, Robin, Cherie, Nicky and Reb

    Bunny McDiarmid remembers the Warrior
  • "A hell of a tale for only $25"


    Today Janet McAllister reviewed 'FALLOUT' for the New Zealand Herald. She said it was "poetic" "moving", and "a vivid reminder". Significantly, she also said it was "a hell of a tale for only $25".
    What's a story like this worth to you?
    Our tickets are very affordable, so were asking you to judge for yourself how much you can give.
    Every donation helps keep the story alive.
    The Last Tapes team
    P.S. read the full review here!

    "A hell of a tale for only $25"

    Today we got an audience of rangatahi from James Cook High School and Nga Rangatahi Toa. Between the hard mahi of our team, and the amazing work of the Basement Schools Programme this opportunity was free to those students. We were even able to provide them with an education pack that tied the production in with NCEA learning outcomes.
    So, what is it worth to you to give our rangatahi access to the arts, and vital NZ history?
    Your contribution makes these initiatives possible.

    Ngā mihi,

    Jennifer and the Last Tapes team

  • What is access to the theatre worth to you?


    We're working hard with our New Zealand Sign Language interpreting team to open up this story to the Deaf community, many of whom would never have had access to information back in 1985 when the Warrior was bombed. In this video our Deaf consultant Karla Smith discusses the show. 
    What is access to the theatre worth to you?
    Even the smallest donation helps.
    Cherie, Jennifer, and Robin

    Check our the video here:


    What is access to the theatre worth to you?
  • Three Remarkable Ladies


    Just before moving into the theatre the cast and crew met with three remarkable ladies: Susi Newborn (co-founder of Greenpeace), Bunny McDiarmid (executive director of Greenpeace NZ and deck hand aboard the Rainbow Warrior), and Gil Hanly (Greenpeace NZ's photographer for the Rainbow Warrior). They shared their stories with us, and reinforced the vital importance of this amazing story. 
    We still need your support and we're running out of time.
    Thank you for your support and contribution.
    Jennifer, Robin, and Cherie


    Three Remarkable Ladies
  • Check out our new video with Lucy Lawless


    Click on "Watch The Video" above or go to

  • Captain Peter Willcox on the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior


    Captain Peter Willcox on the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

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