Dates: 1 – 11 September 2021
Playwright: Campbell Smith
Director: Sue Miller
This play follows the life of Mabel Howard, an early female Trade Unionist and MP, and New Zealand’s first female Cabinet Minister. Mabel was the daughter of Trade Unionist and MP Ted Howard, and was elected to Parliament for Christchurch East in a by-election in February 1943 after her father’s death.
She became a high-profile and sometimes flamboyant Minister in the first Labour government. She won the new electorate of Sydenham in 1946 and held the seat until her retirement in 1969 after the Labour Party introduced a mandatory retirement age. She once rather famously held aloft two pairs of ladies’ undies in Parliament, to demonstrate that standardisation of clothing sizes was necessary.
|Middle Aged Mabel
|Ted Howard, Whip
|Young Nell, Mrs Rogers
|Middle Aged Nell, Vera, MP
|Peter, Les, Whip
|MC, Paddy, Private Secretary
|Larry, Milton, Party Man
|Union Secretary, Alice, Nurse
|Jon Hollingsworth, Colin Clemens
|Kythie Morris and Sue Miller
|Kythie Morris and Janet Meyler
|Front of House, Box Office
|Chris Balm, Fiona Popert and friends of MLT
|Ross Miller, Bill Robinson
L to R: Evie Compton as Young Mabel, Alister Williams as Ted Howard.
L to R: Sue Mortimer as Elderly Mabel, Natalie Plowman as Nurse.
L to R: Alister Williams, Graeme Carruthers.
L to R: Alister Williams as Ted Howard, Paulette McIndoe as Middle-aged Mabel.
Sue Mortimer as Elderly Mabel.
L to R: Ross Miller as a Union member, Paulette McIndoe as Middle-aged Mabel, Graeme Carruthers as a Union member.
L to R: Blair McLean as Larry, Paulette McIndoe as Middle-aged Mabel.