On Tour NZ proudly presents
A Shortman Cooperative Production
performed by Brian Hotter
directed by Ralph McAllister
back in 2004. For too long has he heard others tell
his story, too long others have played with the matter
of the facts, in music, in books, in plays, in painting
and movies. Ned Kelly the Outlaw of the Australian
Bush has come back 124 years after his execution to
tell his unique story in his own way. As a backdrop
the Sydney Nolan paintings ‘The Kelly Gang’ give
another dimension to this original solo performance.
A show for anyone who believes in the fight for justice.
My name is Brian Hotter I am a graduate of Toi Whakaari:
New Zealand Drama School. In the year 2003 I took on
an Australian Icon. Edward Kelly. My solo show was
performed at “Bats Theatre” as part of
Wellington Fringe Festival. With very adequate houses
and very good reviews. Except for the one reviewer
who couldn’t understand why I portrayed Ned Kelly
with an Irish accent. The rest I’m proud of.
Previous to this I performed a short section of my
show to PAANZ. A company set for independent and mainstream
theatre companies to perform to various festivals and
theatre directors across the country. Steve Thomas
from Arts On Tour NZ was at this presentation and on
the success of my fringe season “Kelly” was
picked up “Kelly” for a short tour in 2004.
The itinerary for this tour is below.
Now after a years time what do I think of Ned Kelly?
Respect is the foremost thought in my mind. After telling
his story on stage I feel a deep respect for the man
who lived through his circumstances and achieved what
he achieved. Law abiding or not. My performance on
stage was aided by excellent direction from Ralph McAllister
who installed a vital stillness in my performance and
a deep direct contact with the audience itself.
heard recently that Australians have this unwritten
law that foreigners cannot portray native icons in
Australia itself – this is a damn shame. My show
would work best in Australia because the premise is
Ned finally getting to tell his story and having him
defend himself in his own home would be a true triumph.
Personally I found Heath Ledger portrayal of Ned Kelly
in the film of the same title was lacking a certain
fire. This does not help when the film itself is a
little like watching paint dry. My deepest sympathies
to fans of the film. I am thankful to be able to see
the scenery that I talk about in my show, it is a fantastic
Finally Ned Kelly was a great man. I tell his story
in a truthful way. I look forward with great enthusiasm
at being able to tell his story across New Zealand.
However I challenged Australia to take me on. The same
way Ned took on those who dared oppose him. I too am
a widows son and should not be trifled with! Brian
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