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Murder, mayhem, love, loyalty, betrayal, honour, comradeship, justice, injustice and Nelson … this story has it all, and we want to share our story.

Maungatapu tells the tale of the Burgess/Kelly Gang. In 1866 they murdered five men on the Maungatapu track, near Nelson, in New Zealand's most infamous case of bush-ranging. The gang's subsequent arrest, trial and hangings set the whole colony aflame with a mixture of morbid curiosity and righteous indignation.

Developed over two years, the play is based on Burgess's confessions along with court transcripts, and articles from the fledgling Nelson Evening Mail (which itself was founded in 1866). And now we want to share this exciting and intriguing slice of Nelson's history with you.

We have written, tested and developed. We have begged, borrowed and bartered. But sometimes only actual money will do. We need your donation to help us to take our story on the road.

The world premiere of Maungatapu is in October as part of the Nelson Arts Festival, before we head out on a rural tour starting with Murchison, Picton, Blenheim, Takaka and Havelock in November.

Maungatapu is written by Justin Eade and directed by Giles Burton. Justin was winner of the prestigious Kairos Screenplay competition, Hollywood, and writer of the hit comedy Central Otago Man. Giles is a theatre and summer Shakespeare director and technical director for the Prague Fringe Festival.

We know how to make every dollar count and your donation will go a long way towards sending us on our way. All funds raised will go towards accommodation, food and transport costs for the tour.

From Burgess' remarkable death row 'confession', to Sullivan's 'betrayal' of the others in return for a pardon, where does the truth lie?

Many thanks,

Justin, Giles, Judene, Cameron, Pete, Dan and Nick

"For brevity, succinctness, and concentration,  it [Burgess's confession] is perhaps without its peer in the literature of murder."

MARK TWAIN

(Thanks so much Peter Blasdale for doing the video for us - you rock!!!)

UPDATES

  • Media and more media

    1 MONTH AGO

    The Maungatapu story is gaining lots of attention with interviews and filming of Our writer, director and cast taking place over the past week. 

    Check out out the Black Sheep podcast on RNZ.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/programmes/black-sheep/story/2018617776/outlaw-the-story-of-richard-burgess

    We also had this great article in The Marlborough Express.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/stage-and-theatre/97805675/murder-mischief-and-mystery-on-the-maungatapu-track

  • 1 week to go

    2 MONTHS AGO

    We've had some amazing support and of course tickets are all sold out now, but we're running out of time.  We really need you to share, share, share and even personally recommend, suggest or otherwise threaten people to please donate (okay, maybe not threaten!).

    Please help us share the word as we really need to reach our goal so that we can pay skillful technicians, wonderful stage manager, amazing director, talented photographer, rehearsal space, and we really want to be able to pay, reward, recognise our four actors who are giving their time, talent, and heart and soul, to bring these characters to life.

    One week to go!

    http://nelsonweekly.co.nz/2017/08/fundraising-for-murder-mayhem-and-betrayal/

     

  • Rehearsals have started ... 3 weeks to go

    3 MONTHS AGO

    Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far.  Rehearsals have started so it's starting to feel very real now.

    Please help us share the word as we really need to reach our goal so that we can pay skillful technicians, wonderful stage manager, amazing director, talented photographer, rehearsal space, and we really want to be able to pay, reward, recognise our four actors who are giving their time, talent, and heart and soul, to bring these characters to life.

     

    Rehearsals have started ... 3 weeks to go