29 Nov 2015

Seacliff Mental Hospital: The Musical

From Standing Room Only, 12:48 pm on 29 November 2015
Renee Maurice - The Writer of Seacliff: Demise of Ward 5

Renee Maurice - The Writer of Seacliff: Demise of Ward 5 Photo: Supplied

In 1942, 37 women died in a fire at Seacliff Mental Hospital just north of Dunedin. Until the Ballantynes fire in Christchurch a few years later, it was New Zealand's worst fire disaster. Playwright (and New Zealand’s Got Talent winner) Renee Maurice came across the story when she was 15, and after doing a lot of research, including talking to the victim's families, has turned the story into a musical: Seacliff: Demise of Ward 5.

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