Tanya Nock, Lisa Allan, Sam Cooper, Dan Allan and Bob Bickerton form the cast of The Girl who Climbed a Mountain and Saved the World. Photo: Honeybee Photography

Nelson artists head to fringe festivals


Nelson‘s theatre scene is set to hit the fringes next month when a theatre troupe takes its show to both the Dunedin and New Zealand Fringe Festivals.

Local troupe, Wintergreen Creative will take The Girl who Climbed a Mountain and Saved the World to the festivals which showcase works from around New Zealand and the world.

Lisa say is quick to acknowledge that while she is the playwright of The Girl who Climbed a Mountain and Saved the World, the process has been very collaborative. She estimates that around 70 people have been involved in shaping the script over the last year.

The idea for the show came while Lisa was touring her 2017 solo show, Rapanui- the song of stone. She stayed a few nights in New Plymouth, under Mt Taranaki.

The title for the new work came as she gazed up at the peak. When Lisa returned home to Nelson she called people from the region together to share stories of mountains and water. These stories, and the expert guidance of dramaturg, Kath Mitchell, inspired the first draft of the script which is billed as a “play for voices”.

“This style of theatre is like a radio play but you get to see the storytellers and experience them live,” Lisa says. Three actors and two musicians tell the story of Kira, a young girl who can hear the voices of the Earth.

The troupe are raising funds for their tour and Lisa says would appreciate any support. You can read more about the project and donate to their Givealittle fund at https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/the-girl-who-climbed-a-mountain.