25 years ago the murder of visiting English tourist Margery Hopegood in Hamilton, stunned the city and the country. She'd only been back in the country of her birth for just four days. The murder was huge news and the people of Hamilton turned out in their hundreds to a memorial service for a woman none of them know. But behind the headlines was the real story - the subject of Nicola Pauling's new play She danced on a Friday, which premieres at Hamilton's Meteor Theatre this week.
Wellington playwright and actor Nicola tells Lynn Freeman she already knew more than most about Margery, because of a strong family connection.