*** SOLD OUT*** Murder, mayhem, love, loyalty, betrayal, honour, comradeship, justice, injustice and Nelson… this story has it all.
Mon 16 Oct, 7pm
Tue 17 Oct, 7pm
75 mins, no interval
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.
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