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Father's Day, 1966

Father's Day, 1966

Yorkshire-born Peter Bland arrived in New Zealand in 1954, aged 20. He later helped to found Wellington's Downstage Theatre, which gave his play Father's Day its first production in 1966. It was Downstage's first locally written production, and was inspired by Bland's experience of living in a Lower Hutt state house. It was directed by Brian Bell, and the cast included (from left) Nicolette McKenzie, Pat Evison and Jennifer Dakers. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Downstage Theatre Company Collection
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Murray Edmond, 'Plays and playwrights - Theatrical explosion: 1960s and 1970s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 July 2024)

Story by Murray Edmond, published 22 Oct 2014