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Cry Too Far From Heaven, A
She was convicted for infanticide in 1895 and became the only woman ever hanged in New Zealand. He was a young lad from Bluff who was shot for desertion in World War I. Now Minnie Dean and Victor Spencer share their stories with youjust hours before their planned executions by the state. Observing their tales is the Executionera staunch supporter of the Death Penalty. Both Dean and Spencer were vilified for their crimesshe as a child murderer, he as a deserter. Spencer's family did not talk about him for decades while Minnie Dean earned her reputation as the Winton Baby Farmer. However, in recent times, both have received a degree of redemption. The play examines capital punishment, posing the question: If you knew their stories, would you pull the gallows' lever or the rifle's trigger? The company who are all from Southland feel an affinity towards Spencer and Dean. They were two people who lived in our community but who were victims of their own tragic circumstances. Director Angela Newell says. The play examines what people might experience the night before their executions but our focus is to avoid placing innocence or guilt on the characters but rather show the humanity of two people caught up in an untenable situation.
Written by Angela Newell, Jade Gillies and Lizzie Dawson
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 03 Aug 2012
Invers Theatre Company
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50 min drama
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