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Solitude: A one night only performance

Wednesday, August 14, 2019   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: event, arts

Solitude – the secret life of Annie Chaffey will be at the Eastside Gallery for one night only.

Golden Bay actor and director Martine Baanvinger is touring her award winning show “Solitude” through New Zealand as part of the Arts on Tour selection 2019. Martine Baanvinger has always been fascinated by the late Annie Chaffey. Annie moved into a remote hut with her lover Henry in the mountains of Kahurangi National Park in 1913, and lived there for forty years. The play is about Annie’s “love, loneliness, loss and laughter in raw exile,” says Martine.

Date and Time: Sunday 25th August 2019, at 7pm.
Location: Eastside Gallery (388 Worcester Street).
Cost: $20 for adults, and $15 for students. Door sales only but reservations available on 03 981 2881.

Find out more about Solitude from Martine Baanvinger.  Contact Martine for more information about Solitude (022 652 3078).

The Dutch born actor received her training at the theatre academy in Amsterdam. Martine now lives in Golden Bay where she founded the theatre company DramaLab. She’s also been training with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre Company from Australia (now also in Christchurch) for the last six years. The combination of these trainings have resulted in an honest style of storytelling, with use of word, movement and shape. Baanvinger “extensively” researched Annie Chaffey’s life, “I have visited Asbestos Cottage and soaked myself in Annie’s living surroundings as much as possible to get in touch with her potential experiences of living in such a remote place. I have been exploring the themes of solitude vs loneliness and the deep love Annie felt for Henry,” she says, “Asbestos Cottage is the setting for one of New Zealand’s most beautiful love stories.”

Martine is offering a peek inside Asbestos Cottage, taking her audiences on an intimate journey, “where Queen Vicky and Aunt Daisy come to the rescue. Where jam and scones are served in Edwardian dresses and where the gun is always within reach. Bang! Woodhen for dinner,” says Martine, quoting lines from her play.

Golden Bay musician Mark Manson created the soundtrack for the play. For Mark it was a chance to present the sound of native birds, Annie’s daily reality, as an extension of electronic music, “I have been working with birdsong as a start-point of sound for over 20 years and really enjoy the rhythms of nature, even if they seem chaotic,” he says.

Martine is grateful to Arts on Tour who booked this performance to tour around New Zealand and Tasman District Council Creative Communities for partly sponsoring the creation of the performance.

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