Today’s Bay by Craig Thaine

a staged reading for Hamilton Book Month

Directed by Gaye Poole

18 - 19 August 2018

Commissioned by the NZ Drama School in 1982, Today’s Bay focusses on a group of University students studying Katherine Mansfield’s short story ‘At the Bay’. The students are encouraged by their tutor to enact various pieces of the story and give their responses to them, some do so with enthusiasm, others are more reluctant. Today’s Bay explores what it means to be a New Zealander, Mansfield’s work and her place as a “New Zealand writer”, the preoccupation with childhood in New Zealand writing and much more.

Production Team

Director: Gaye Poole
Script advisor: Mark Houlahan
Stage manager: Eden Chappell 
Lighting: Gary Pinkerton
Graphic design: Megan Goldsman 
Administrative assistance: Vee McLean


Jane/Alice: Lily Gladstone-Gallagher
Malcolm/ Stanley: James Smith
Paul/Rags/Jonathan: David Simes
Sally/Mrs Harry Kember/Mrs Stubbs: Kirsty Young
Rose/Linda: Tara Given
Sarah/Beryl: Kelly Petersen 
Margie/Kezia: Kendra Boyle
Chrissie/Isabel: Biahga Larden 
Maria/Mrs Fairfield: June Potifara
Liz/Lottie: Melanie Allison
Ian/Pip/Mr Harry Kember: Henry Garfitt