Hi everyone, I'm Renee Maurice, writer/director of Seacliff:
Demise of Ward 5.
In 2006, when I was just 15 years old, I discovered the story of
the 1942 Seacliff fire, which took the lives of 37 of the 39
institutionalized women inside the ward, making it the worst fire
disaster in New Zealand at the time. For 9 years, I researched and
wrote a musical based on the tragic events of that night.
In 2015, it was with great pride that I was finally able to
bring Seacliff: Demise of Ward 5 to the stage, in Dunedin. I, along
with my very talented cast and crew, received great reviews and
audience response for our show. One of the best things to come from
our Dunedin Production was the connection that I was able to make
to some of the Seacliff ladies' descendants, this has been very
inspirational and moving.
Now, I am bringing Seacliff to Wellington, in association with
Te Papa, the National museum of New Zealand. This is an extremely
exciting opportunity to share this story with a wider New Zealand
audience, as well as visitors from abroad.
I am so honoured to have the opportunity to speak on these
ladies' behalf, and I invite you to be a part of bringing their
tale to the stage, on this, the 75th anniversary, by donating to
this boosted campaign.
With your generous support, we will pay tribute to these brave
women, whose voices have gone unheard for too long.