Jade Gillies (left) as Victor Spencer and Lizzie Dawson as
Minnie Dean in the theatrical production Too Far from
Heaven. Photo supplied.
Truth and terror emerge on the night before the
executions of two New Zealanders.
One of the doomed is the notorious Southland ''baby farmer''
Minnie Dean. The other is Victor Spencer, shot for desertion
during World War 1.
Through Verity, the narrator, the two give harrowing accounts
of their lives and reasons for their actions, pieced together
from diary entries and other original material.
Arts on Tour New Zealand presents the stage play Too Far
from Heaven, which will be performed in the Queenstown
Memorial Centre on March 4.
Based on the true stories of Dean, the only woman ever hanged
in New Zealand, and Spencer, the Bluff lad killed by firing
squad in Belgium for deserting in a war he had forged his age
to join, Too Far from Heaven was nominated in the best
theatre category, best newcomer and standout performer awards
at the 2013 New Zealand Fringe Festival, and performed at the
2012 Edinburgh Fringe.
The drama was written and is performed on its national tour
by Angela Newell, Jade Gillies and Lizzie Dawson.