Poet Allen Curnow's 1948 verse play The axe used the conventions of Greek drama to tell a story from 19th-century Polynesia. This photo shows its first production, by the Canterbury University College Drama Society. John Pocock, later a distinguished historian, both directed and appeared in this production.
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Alexander Turnbull Library, Elizabeth Jaumaud Curnow Collection
Photograph by Selwyn Davies
Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.
Courtesy of Wystan Curnow