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Sunday 29th October 2017

Murder, mayhem, love, loyalty, betrayal, honour, comradeship, justice, injustice and Nelson… this story has it all.

In 1866, the ‘Burgess-Kelly Gang’ murdered five men on the Maungatapu track, near Nelson, in New Zealand’s most infamous case of bush-ranging. The gang’s subsequent arrest, trial and hangings set the whole colony aflame with a mixture of morbid curiosity and righteous indignation.

Maungatapu delves into the relationships between gang members Burgess, Kelly, Levy and Sullivan as they plot and carry out the murders, are arrested, tried, then executed. From Burgess’ remarkable death row ‘confession’, to Sullivan’s ‘betrayal’ of the others in return for a pardon, where does the truth lie?

“For brevity, succinctness, and concentration, it [Burgess’s confession] is perhaps without its peer in the literature of murder.” MARK TWAIN

Warning: contains coarse language & violence.

Written by Justin Eade
Directed by Giles Burton
Starring Nick Kemplen, Cameron West, Daniel Allan and Pete Coates.


October 29, 2017


5.00pm to 6.30pm


Golden Bay / Abel Tasman


The Village Theatre
32 Commercial Street
Golden Bay

32, Commercial St, Takaka

Tickets, Bookings and Entry

$20 regular, $15 seniors and students

Tickets from Pohutukawa Gallery ph. 03-525 8453.


Ph. 0274887524

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