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Red Mole on the road, 1979

Red Mole was the best-known alternative theatre company in New Zealand in 1978, when their nationwide tour of country halls and backstreet stages was recorded for this documentary (released in 1979). Red Mole later performed to very different but equally appreciative audiences in New York City. Alan Brunton and Sally Rodwell founded the company, and other members included Deborah Hunt, Ian Prior, Jan Preston, Jean McAllister and Martin Edmond. The documentary's director, Sam Neill, later became an internationally acclaimed actor in his own right.

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Reference: Red Mole on the road. National Film Unit, 1979

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Laurie Atkinson, 'Actors and acting - The rise of professional theatre, 1960 to 1980', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 August 2022)

Story by Laurie Atkinson, published 22 Oct 2014