Events 2012

Playing Miss Havisham, with Helen Moulder

25 November 2012 - 4 pm

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 An intimate comedy with music, song and an array of endearing characters.

Complete with wedding dress and cobwebs!

 In honour of Charles Dickens' 200th birthday

With Helen Moulder as Claudia

Written by Helen Moulder and Sue Rider

Directed by Sue Rider

With piano music recorded by Richard Mapp

Claudia lives in Canterbury. Her husband is a farm accountant and her son Ben plays in a band. When an eccentric Irish film-maker comes to New Zealand to make a film of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, Claudia is keen to audition for the role of Miss Havisham as she sees it as a way out of her humdrum existence. As she prepares for the role, Claudia finds her own life takes on the twists and turns of a Dickens novel. A work of unexpected visual richness, Playing Miss Havisham unfolds with mystery, music and surprise.

When: Sunday November 25, 2012, 4 pm

Where: St Augustine Church Hall, 95 Calliope Road, Devonport

Tickets: $30

Bookings: Michael King Writers’ Centre, ph 09 445 8451

or email

LENGTH: One Hour 30 minutes

Helen Moulder - Performer/writer

Helen has worked as an actor and singer for 37 years in theatre, television, radio and film. She began her career in the UK and has performed at Circa, Downstage, Court, Fortune and Centrepoint theatres and in various tours throughout NZ, Australia and Japan. Her film and television credits include Close to Home, Pictures, Country GP, Erebus – The Aftermath, The Wall, Abberation, The Dark Knight and Rest for the Wicked. 

Sue Rider – Director/Dramaturg/Writer

Born and educated in the UK and now an Australian citizen, Sue is an award-winning director, writer, actor and dramaturg with a special interest in the creation and development of contemporary theatre. She has over a hundred productions to her credit in NZ, Australia, Vietnam and the UK.

"Moulder is a consummate performer"……."visually dominated by Miss Havisham’s wedding dress, a gorgeous, eye-catching symbol of expectations" - Dominion Post

"Her skill at the subtle interweaving of the stories …. Is nothing short of magnificent." –  Nelson Mail

“A performance tailored with imagination and colour” – Theatreview

"Moulder is a natural story teller ........ an artistic and wonderfully layered work" - Theatreview