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“There is a loaded gun pointed at Waihi”

Black Tuesday
By Richard Dey and Felix Preval
Directed by Rachel Lenart
29 July – 9 August 6.30pm, BATS Theatre
Bookings: 04 8024175 or

“There is a loaded gun pointed at Waihi”

On Black Tuesday, 12 November 1912, six months into the Waihi miners’ strike, Fred Evans, miner, mason, martyr, was killed, one of only two fatalities in an industrial dispute in New Zealand’s history.

On 29 July, Theatre Militia, the team behind the smash hit of this year’s

Fringe Festival, Sensible Susan and the Queen’s Merkin as well as the highly acclaimed Bouncing with Billie, Theatre Militia's Symposium and A Bright Room Called Day, premiere a new work based on this extraordinary turning point in our country’s past.

Drawing inspiration from a range of disciplines, including Brechtian techniques, poor theatre principles, cabaret, dance and stage combat, Black Tuesday will pack a powerful punch, showcasing the diverse and vibrant skill-set that has come to be synonymous with Theatre Militia.

Utilising the skills of talented AV designer Hamish Guthrie, Black Tuesday will go beyond the frame, highlighting the role of the media in political arenas and bringing balance to the historical record.

Black Tuesday marked the end of a long struggle between workers, unionists, 'Scabs' and police, a nationwide crisis which sparked massive change in working conditions and established the rise of the working class in New Zealand.

This is a New Zealand story that has been waiting to be told for nearly 100 years.

Strictly limited season, book now to avoid disappointment.

Starring: Hannah K Clarke, Richard Dey, Richard Falkner, Luke Hawker, Bex Joyce, Simon Smith and Julia Truscott.


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