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The Journey Of The Boundary Riders - Rachel Dawick

Thu Nov 8th, 2018

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“ A rare and magical thing” NZ Musician

“An invaluable body of work that traverses boundaries” NZ Herald “Interesting, rewarding, highly enjoyable” Theatre Review

Celebrating 125 years since NZ Women won the vote, Rachel Dawick returns with a special performance of the ‘Journey’ of the Boundary Riders. ‘The Boundary Riders’ album with theatrical programme was released on the 19th September 2014 celebrating the vote for women in New Zealand in 1893. This musical show takes the audience behind the scenes to discover the stories behind the songs - a visual and theatrical journey of one songwriter’s quest to uncover the hidden stories of the six ordinary yet extraordinary working women.

From prostitutes to missionary wives, goldminers to magicians, fraudsters to washer women, six beguiling tales of conquests, survival, and persistence. The Boundary Riders (for they straddle two worlds) are the tales of six women who left the UK in the 1800s to start a new life on the other side of the world, leaving all they had known far behind. Six stories unearthed from hidden cupboards by one songwriter travelling for three years across NZ armed with a ukulele, a cycle, a tent...and a desire to seek out the stories from our past.

The stories were researched and collected over three years in the archives of museums, libraries and over two national tours throughout NZ - once in a van and the second on a bicycle cycling 2000km, encountering many adventures along the way. The journey itself was a discovery of her own heritage, a discovery of what it meant to belong to two worlds, a discovery of the women who had gone before.

We begin with a journey from the UK retracing the route taken by the women in the 1800s to NZ - a voyage of over three months full of sickness and fear. Why did the women leave? What world had they left behind? In 1851 Great Britain was in a state of disarray - there was a ‘surplus women’ problem - up to one million women who would never have the chance to marry. Something must be done or these women would fall into disrepute! The solution - free passage to the colonies where there was a drastic shortage of women. Here they could help ‘civilise’ the unruly settlements. Thus begins the journey.

The Album and Book will be available to purchase at the performance $30 for the set.
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acoustic/solo, country/folk, world

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