Gallaher (2011)

'Gallaher' was performed in October 2011. The play told the local story of Irish settlers Maria and James Gallaher,

who came to Katikati in 1878, and their son David, who went on to captain the New Zealand Rugby team which was the forerunner to the 'All Blacks'. The play ended with Dave's death at Paschendaele.

Many local children were involved, not only playing the Gallaher children but also the schoolchildren that Maria taught as she was the first teacher at what is now called Katikati Primary school.

The writers were Francis Young, Di Logan, Julie Thomas and Judy Junger.

The play was directed by Julie Thomas assisted by Di Logan.

The play was performed in the Katikati Primary School Hall as part of the 2011 Mural festival and to coincide with the 2011 Rugby World Cup which was held in New Zealand that same year.

Rehearsal Julie Thomas (Director) and Barrie Moore (Lighting and Set Design)

Rehearsal Julie Thomas (Director) and Barrie Moore (Lighting and Set Design)

Jane Cross as Maria Gallaher

Jane Cross as Maria Gallaher

Reverend John Mark (Mike Cotton); James Gallaher (Dave Woodhouse);  teenage Dave Gallaher (Braja Weld)

Reverend John Mark (Mike Cotton); James Gallaher (Dave Woodhouse);  teenage Dave Gallaher (Braja Weld)

Maria's wake- L-R: Mrs Berkeley (Tori Benson); Will Busby (Michael Wallis);  Sam Middlebrooke (Ron Thomas); James Gallager (Dave Woodhouse); Violinist (Rebecca Whalley); George Vesey Stewart (Bob Baunton); Margaret Stewart (Jackie Nicholson); Revd Mark (Mike Cotton) Major General Stoddard (Chris Pickett) and teenage Dave Gallaher (Braja Weld)

Maria's wake- L-R: Mrs Berkeley (Tori Benson); Will Busby (Michael Wallis);  Sam Middlebrooke (Ron Thomas); James Gallager (Dave Woodhouse); Violinist (Rebecca Whalley); George Vesey Stewart (Bob Baunton); Margaret Stewart (Jackie Nicholson); Revd Mark (Mike Cotton) Major General Stoddard (Chris Pickett) and teenage Dave Gallaher (Braja Weld)James Gallaher (Dave Woodhouse) Maria Gallaher (Jane Cross)

James Gallaher (Dave Woodhouse) Maria Gallaher (Jane Cross)

Maria's wake

Maria's wake

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