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Naomi Bisley


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Sisters amy Waller and Catherine Waller have collaborated with designer, Naomi Bisley to create a new NZ work inspired by their grandmother Gloria Stanford, and her remarkable life during WW2. GLORIa explores a simultaneously enchanting and bleak wartime world, infused with the strange logic of memory and time. This fierce and delicate taleenters into the imagination and love between a grandmother and her granddaughter. The domestic can become fantastical and stories can morph from film noir, to adventure to dreamscape, to fairytale, in the blink of an eye. It is a journey into the heart of a charming and vivacious woman where objects help to unravel intricate stories involving letters never received, soldiers believed dead returning home, flickering romances, love affairs with movie stars and desperate war brides jumping ship. War bride to an American Solder, Gloria Stanford's left leaning views put her at odds with the American authorities when she was forced to leave her homeland with the contingent of New Zealand brides of American Service men and ship off to live with a soldier who was close to a stranger. Distraught and struggling with their newborn baby, Gloria faced the American military and left the ship in the middle of the night. This auckland Girl's dramatic dash from the ship made headlines around the world as 'The bride who wouldn't leave NZ'. Fan mail swarmed the Mt Eden letter boxes to reach the '21 year old, attractive, medium blonde hair, Mrs Gloria Schmidt'. GLORIa is a window into the memory of a person's life, and an exciting journey into the heart of a woman as she recalls the secrets, struggles and adventures of her past.

written by Amy Waller, Catherine Waller, Naomi Bisley

1st Produced:
TaPaC Theatre, Western Springs, auckland    01 Mar 2011

The Vintage Collective

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