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'Mary Bumby's Hive of Story', by Tanya Batt

Theatre Show

Sunday, 10th April at 2pm to 3pm

Sunday, 10th April at 4pm to 5 pm SOLD OUT

In Rangimarie Hall

On March the 19th, 183 years ago, the very first honey bees, Apis Mellifera, arrived on the shores of Aotearoa. The name of the person who bought the two straw skeps of bees will be forever etched in your mind, because of its almost story book quality - Mary Anna Bumby.

Storyteller, gardener, novice beekeeper and creator of ‘Mary Bumby’s Hive of Story’, Tanya Batt became fascinated by Mary’s story when she read about her in Bee Dawson’s fabulous book ‘A History of Gardening in New Zealand’. The piece was first performed in 2019 on the very site where the bees first thrived in the Hokianga commemorating the 180 years since the bee’s arrival. Since then it has been shared all over Aotearoa in places such as the Katherine Mansfield House, Wellington and the Kate Sheppard House, Christchurch. The one hour, highly interactive and musical piece of storytelling theatre explores not only Mary’s story but the much bigger story of the human – honey been relationship and wider themes of planetary responsibility.

The show at Riverside will be the final performance in a ‘Fearless or foolish’ storytelling tour of Te Wai Pounamu that started in late February and has taken Tanya and her musician partner Peter Forster as far south as Bluff. The piece was created for an adult audience but is suited to families with children eight years plus. Attendance is on a ‘pay what you can’ basis and tickets can be purchased through Humanitix.

Awarded the Dunedin Fringe award ('Dunedin City Of Literature Beyond Words' award).

"Witty, educational, interactive and entertaining show, thoroughly enjoyable."

Angela Stuart, Events & Marketing Manager Princes Gate Hotel

"I've been lucky to see some wonderful theatre in my life. It is the ones that stay with you forever that really count. Mary Bumby is definitely now part of my forevers. (Along with Sir John G's one man show, Tim Balme's 'Ballad of Jimmy Costello', & Witi Ihimaera's 'Woman Far Walking').”

Jackie Davidson

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this post's content are those of the facilitator/event organiser and do not necessarily reflect Riverside Community Trust Board's official position and policy. Please contact the facilitator directly for all questions regarding this post's content.

Mary Bumby Theatre Poster


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