In 1953, Poul Gnatt and his troupe of dancers travelled the length of New Zealand, bringing ballet to even the smallest of rural towns. They made the best of what they had: old wooden stages, halls with bird's nests, honky-tonk pianos in lieu of full orchestras, and a touring truck which doubled as a dressing room. Clarissa Dunn and Hannah Darroch trawl the sound archives for some insight into the early years of the company - uncovering a treasure trove of characters and fond memories of those pioneering days.
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