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The land of the moa, 1895

The land of the moa, 1895

George Leitch's 'Maoriland' melodrama The land of the moa, written in the early 1890s, became the most widely performed New Zealand play of its time. It was designed around spectacular scenery and special effects, including a 3D representation of the Pink Terraces and a recreation of the Tarawera eruption that sometimes threatened to set fire to the theatre. The production, with 10 tonnes of scenery, toured New Zealand extensively and also played in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. This article, from the Christchurch Star of 31 August 1895, announces a forthcoming performance in Christchurch.

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Reference: Star, 31 August 1895, p. 8

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Murray Edmond, 'Plays and playwrights - First New Zealand plays', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 July 2024)

Story by Murray Edmond, published 22 Oct 2014