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Maggie (Rowena Simpson) and Johnnie (Stuart Coats) star as Scottish immigrants confronted by...
Maggie (Rowena Simpson) and Johnnie (Stuart Coats) star as Scottish immigrants confronted by World War 1 in the musical theatre piece <i>Home</i> coming soon to Arrowtown. Photo supplied.

A pair of Scottish immigrants are one thread in the story of a nation told in an acclaimed piece of musical theatre to be staged in Arrowtown this month.

Written and directed by the award-winning Jacqueline Coats, Home is the story of two Scottish immigrants, Maggie and Johnnie, who meet and marry in New Zealand just before World War 1, and of the difficulties they endure when Johnnie goes to the Front.

Based on traditional songs from a book bought in Invercargill in the 1890s and interspersed with dialogue, Home features soprano Rowena Simpson and baritone Stuart Coats, accompanied on the piano by Douglas Mews.

Critics describe Home as a "heart-warming production with a beautiful, elegant simplicity", while the two performers are praised for "portraying the emotional highs and lows of the characters and singing majestically".

Arts on Tour New Zealand is touring Home this month and the show will be presented at the Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall on November 23 at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost $20 from the Lakes District Museum.


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