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Arts on Tour NZ tours Solitude, a one woman show by Martine Baanvinger

1 Aug 2019 to 24 Aug 2019
Various - listed below
Solitude, based on a true New Zealand story, written and performed by DramaLab's Martine Baanvinger.
Event type: 
Various -listed below
Various throughout country - listed below


In 1913, Annie entered the remote mountains of Kahurangi National Park to live a hidden life with her lover, Henry Chaffey. She spent the next 40 years there - 40  years in raw exile, swallowed by the silence, enslaved by the fire. This beautiful, touching true story is about Annie’s love, loneliness, loss and laughter. Martine Baanvinger was nominated for Best Actress, Best Solo Performance, Best Script and best Music/Sound (for New Zealand musician Mark Manson) at the Nelson Fringe Festival.

AOTNZ tour 1-24 August

Solitude,  based on  a true NZ story

Written, directed and performed by DramaLab’s Martine Baanvinger

I’m dreaming hours down to minutes…”

In 1913 Annie enters the remote mountains of Kahurangi National Park to live a hidden life with her lover Henry Chaffey and stays there for 40 years. 40 years in exile, swallowed by the silence, enslaved by the fire.

This beautiful, touching true story is about Annie Chaffey’s love, loneliness, loss and laughter.

New Zealand musician Mark Manson has collaborated with Martine to provide a unique recorded soundscape for the production.

Nominated for Best Actress, Best Solo Performance, Best Script and winner of best Music/Sound at the Nelson Fringe Festival “…writer, director and performer, Martine Baanvinger of DramaLab is utterly compelling, humorous and breathtakingly honest as Annie.

“Not only is this an interesting New Zealand story, but it is told by an expert in an incredibly imaginative and touching way.”- Lisa Allen, Nelson Fringe Festival review

“Baanvinger pays fitting tribute to such a life. Costume switches, subtle use of music (by Mark Manson) and thoughtful staging enhance an intelligent, sympathetic portrayal” - Theatreview

For more information, contact:

Diana Moir, AOTNZ media liaison, 021 126 573, diana@aotnz.co.nz

Steve Thomas, AOTNZ Trust, 0274 386 154 aotnz@xtra.co.nz www.aotnz.co.nz Facebook

Martine Baanvinger, 022-6523078 info@dramalab.co.nz http://www.dramalab.co.nz/


Martine Baanvinger is an actor/director/teacher/writer who trained at the Theatre Academy in Amsterdam in the1990's, where she took part in many professional theatre productions. Now living in New Zealand, she has trained with Lynne Bradley from Zen Zen Zo Theatre (physical theatre) in Brisbane over the last seven years. Devising theatre is Martine's specialty and this, combined with her passion for bringing the stories of extraordinary women in local history to public awareness, has led to her latest solo performance.


Thursday 1 August 8:00pm Upper Hutt

Expressions Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre

$20 Book: www.expressions.org.nz


Friday 2 August 7:30pm New Plymouth         

4th Wall Theatre

Adults $25, Seniors $20, Students $10 Book: www.4thwalltheatre.co.nz


Saturday 3 August 7:30pm Hamilton

Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts

Adults $25, Seniors & unwaged $20, Students with ID $10

Book: https://www.waikato.ac.nz/academy/  or phone 0800 383 5200


Sunday 4 August 7:30pm Onewhero

OSPA Theatre, Hall Road

GA $25.00 Book: https://www.trybooking.com/nz/


Tuesday 6 August 7:30pm Matamata

Matamata Little Theatre

GA $25 Book: www.mds.org.nz


Wednesday 7 August 7:30pm Coromandel

Hauraki House Theatre

GA $20 Book: Coromandel Information Centre


Thursday 8 August 7:30pm Thames

Kauaeranga Hall

Door $22, pre-book $20 Book: Txt: 021912993; Email: kauaerangahallmusic@gmail.com

Book: Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames


Friday 9 August 7:00pm Whitianga

Coghill Theatre

$25 Adult, $10 Youth (under 18) Book: Paper Plus Whitianga


Saturday 10 August 7:30pm Opotiki

Opotiki Senior Citizens Hall

GA $20 Book: Library or online at www.trybooking.com


Tuesday 13 August 7:30pm Waipawa

CHB Municipal Theatre

GA $25 Book: www.eventfinda.co.nz


Thursday 15 August 7:30pm Picton

Picton Little Theatre

GA $25.00 Book: Take Note, Picton and Alyssums, Blenheim


Friday 16 August 8:00pm Mapua

The Playhouse Theatre

GA $20 Book: Call 5402985 for bookings


Sunday 18 August 7:30pm Hokitika

Old Lodge Theatre, 11 Revell Street

GA $20 Book: Hokitika's Regent Theatre


Tuesday 20 August 7:30pm Cromwell

Coronation Hall, 37 Hall Road, Bannockburn

Adults $25, SuperGold $20, Student/Child $5 Book: All Central Otago District iSites or on line at https://solitude.lilregie.com/


Wednesday 21 August 7:30pm Queenstown

Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall

GA $25 Book: eventbrite.co.nz


Friday 23 August 7:30pm Geraldine

The Lodge Theatre, Talbot Street

GA $20 Book: Louk Clothing, Talbot Street, Geraldine (NO EFTPOS)


Saturday 24 August 7:00pm Ashburton

Ashburton Trust Event Centre

Open Hat - No pre-booking required


Arts On Tour NZ (AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand as well as support from Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust of Southland, Interislander, Otago Community Trust, Rata Foundation and the Southern Trust. AOTNZ liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and theatrical talent to country districts. The AOTNZ programme is environmentally sustainable – artists travel to their audiences rather than the reverse.