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Cold Fire

Dates and times: Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 February 2006 at 8pm, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 February at 6.30 pm and Friday 24 and Saturday 25 at 8 pm as part of the Fringe Festival

Tickets: $12 for Fringe Card-holders, $15 members, $18 non-members, group discount available

Crew: Ginny Brewer (production manager), Joy Hellyer (stage manager and PA/prompt), Sue Saville (PA/prompt), Leslie Craven (lighting and sound designer), Simon Boyes (sound designer), Stephen Fearnley (lighting operator, set designer), Sue Taylor, Helen White (wardrobe), Jean Hulbert, Celia Hulbert (props, set dressing, sound operator), Stephen Fearnley, Mark Harris, Sam Perry (set construction), Matthew Hodgman (photographer), Rodney Bane (poster and programme designer), Nicky Burkitt (front of house manager)

Effie's Burning by Valerie Windsor

Summary: Effie's Burning has been described as 'an emotional switchback of a play'. It's a taut and powerful, but often funny, drama about the suprising power of victims. Once labelled a 'moral defective', Effie Palmer has been in care since the age of 13. Now she is in hospital, badly burned in a fire for which no cause can be found. Gradually her doctor, young Ruth Kovacs, discovers the truth of Effie's life, the truth of the fire and, eventually, the courage to confront the face of 'the system' that kept them both defenceless.


  • Effie - Christine Hunt
  • Dr Ruth Kovacs - Kate Sanders
  • Mr Jessop Brown - Robert Hickey

Jack Winter's Dream by James K Baxter

Summary: Jack Winter's Dream is a beautiful, lyrical play for voices, not dissimilar in style to Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood. It takes the audience through the final night in the life of Jack Winter in the gold rush of Central Otago. As he lies in a shanty pub, Jack dreams. Before the night of drinking and entertainment is out, there is a seduction, a robbery and a murder. This is James K Baxter at his best.


  • Narrator - Mark Harris
  • Jack Winter - Ashley Jeffery
  • Bottle - Jessica Smith
  • Webfoot Charlie - Truman Macarthy
  • Will Trevelyan - Andrew Kaye
  • Preaching Lowry - Darrell Haddon
  • Ballarat Jake - Gerald Dreaver
  • Jenny Bird - Bea Lee-Smith
Last updated 16 November 2013
Effie's Burning

Jack Winter's Dream