Touring historical drama part of theatre's programme for renewal

A visiting show featuring an infamous chapter of southern history is part of a rejuvenation of Mosgiel's Fire Station Community Theatre.

Taieri Dramatic Society secretary Evelyn Mann said tickets were available for a one-off performance on March 25 of Too Far From Heaven.

The play tells the story of the night before the execution of two Southlanders; ''baby farmer'' Minnie Dean, of Winton, and Victor Spencer, of Bluff, shot for desertion in World War 1.

Ms Mann, of Mosgiel, said the society wanted to rejuvenate the theatre, both with more visiting shows, and more locally produced theatre.

''We're trying really hard to lift the profile of the theatre. It's dropped away over some years.

''We don't have a lot [of shows], but we're starting to build up again.''

Ms Mann believed this month's show, brought by Arts On Tour NZ Trust, would interest people, as the two stories were part of the region's history. She said the play would be quite serious, giving an insight into the subjects' respective decisions, based on their real-life diaries.

The play was written by Angela Newell, Jade Gillies and Lizzie Dawson.

• Tickets are available online, or by contacting Ms Mann on 484-7101.

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