Actress and singer Helen Moulder is Playing Miss Havisham
on tour at the Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall on August 24. Photo
Fact and fiction blur with comedic and dramatic results
in the celebrated one-woman play Playing Miss Havisham
in Arrowtown on Saturday.
Written by Helen Moulder and Sue Rider and directed by Rider,
Moulder plays Claudia, who lives in rural Canterbury and is
looking for more excitement in her life.
When an eccentric Irish film-maker arrives in New Zealand to
make a film of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations,
Claudia is keen to audition. But as she prepares for the role
of Miss Havisham, Claudia's own life takes on the twists and
turns of a Dickens novel.
Playing Miss Havisham features music recorded by
Richard Mapp - Bach, Chopin, Schubert, Granados, Debussy and
two pieces written especially for the show by Gareth Farr.
An actor and singer for 40 years, Moulder has worked in the
theatre, radio, television and film, including singing with
the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company while in the United Kingdom in
the 1970s and in musicals and pantomime.
She has worked as an actor and singer ever since she returned
to New Zealand in 1976, performing not only in theatres, but
also in farm sheds, a tent in Hagley Park and a 17th-century
brick cellar in Paris.
''Touring - I love it,'' Moulder said.
''Love being in rural New Zealand where I grew up, enjoy
meeting the audiences afterwards over a cup of tea.
''Last year was Dickens' 200th birthday, but I toured
Australia more than New Zealand, so this is a belated
''I'm going to all the places I haven't been before and am
really looking forward to it.''
• Arts on Tour NZ presents Playing Miss Havisham in
the Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall on Saturday, August 24, at
Tickets cost $20. Bookings available from the Lakes District