21 Feb 2017

Flying solo

From Upbeat, 1:45 pm on 21 February 2017

Miss Jean Batten is a solo show about New Zealand’s legendary Aviatrix. It’s produced by Flaxworks Theatre Company, written by Phil Ormsby and performed by Alex Ellis. Jean Batten’s 1936 flight from England to New Zealand in a single engine plane made of wood and fabric was extraordinary but when she landed safely in Auckland the Mayor told her off for making people worry about her. Actor Alex Ellis and director Phil Ormsby say despite her achievements Jean Batten’s story has largely been forgotten and the play sets out to change that.

Miss Jean Batten - Alex Ellis

Miss Jean Batten - Alex Ellis Photo: John Parker