Island tour

Nelson playwright goes on tour and launches new book

Actress and playwright Helen Moulder takes her production, The Bicycle & the Butcher's Daughter, on tour in New Zealand.

The-Nelson-Mail

Actress and playwright Helen Moulder takes her production, The Bicycle & the Butcher’s Daughter, on tour in New Zealand.

The first thing Nelson actress and playwright Helen Moulder does each morning when she wakes up is recite lines, making sure she still remembers the entire solo play she will soon be taking on tour across the country.

Moulder’s play The Bicycle and the Butcher’s Daughter premiered in Nelson in 2020 under Covid-19 restrictions, in a Make/Shift art space that seats up to 20 people, with artistic collaborator, co-writer and director Sue Rider having made a video call to direct it from Australia.

At the end of September and through October, Moulder will take her solo piece on tour, with the help of Arts on Tour – but she will first perform it in Nelson on Saturday, with Rider in person for the first time.

Since the first tour of 2020 in Nelson, Moulder has taken her piece to a few cities in New Zealand, but now, thanks to the support of Arts on Tour, she will perform during the month of October across the country, from Invercargill to the Coromandel. .

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She said the tour would involve some of the biggest audiences she had performed with – but she was looking forward to performing in “all sorts of places”, including the newly restored historic Lyric Theater in Granity.

“I love it, that’s why I wanted to do a one-man show. I would love to drive across the country and play in all kinds of places.

This tour would also mark the launch of the couple’s first book, the aptly named Four Plays, bringing together the four plays Moulder and Rider collaborated on during their 20-year creative partnership: Meeting Karpovsky, Playing Miss Havisham, Gloria’s Handbag, and of course The Bicycle and the Butcher’s Daughter.

Actor Helen Moulder as Jennifer in her play, The Bicycle & the Butcher's Daughter, performed at the Shopfront Theater in Collingwood St during lockdown.

MARTIN DERUYTER

Actor Helen Moulder as Jennifer in her play, The Bicycle & the Butcher’s Daughter, performed at the Shopfront Theater in Collingwood St during lockdown.

“I never thought I would write a book…but a lot of people saw our plays and asked if they could read them.”

She said she would have copies available for sale after the tour performances and would otherwise sell them on her website.

“I’ll give a copy to Nelson [College for] Girls because I’m an old maid. I’m sure my old English teacher would never have imagined it.

The bicycle and the butcher’s daughter is a play centered on a family and their meat export business, and the friction between a father who wants things to stay the same, the daughter who wants to change and grow the business, and the vegan granddaughter who hates everything anything to do with meat.

Performances begin Saturday September 24 in Nelson, continuing through Saturday October 29, with the tour continuing along the east coast of the South Island, winding west and up to the North Island .

Specific performance venues and dates and ticket booking information can be found at www.willowproductions.co.nz