Past Event22 Aug - 2 Sep 2017

Blonde Poison

No longer available

Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre


Based on a true story, Blonde Poison stars Elizabeth Hawthorne as Stella Goldschlag, a Jewish woman living illegally in war-torn Berlin. Betrayed and tortured, Stella agrees to work with the Gestapo as a ‘catcher’ of other Jews, in exchange for her life and the lives of her family.

Decades later Stella agrees to be interviewed about her past. As she waits for the journalist to arrive Stella sways from tortured victim to cruel killer, from loving daughter and mother to betrayer of friends. Can she ever be released from her past?

Gail Louw’s hit play finally gets its New Zealand premiere after enjoying successful seasons in Sydney, Melbourne and London. A  searing examination of the motivations of evil and what it means to be a human under great stress, Blonde Poison, will have you at the edge of your seat until it’s unforgettable conclusion.

"A gripping account of survival and betrayal in Nazi Germany"  - Sydney Morning Herald

"The marvel of this work is that it takes us on a human journey into a fascist movement, and looks closely at how something human becomes inhumane" - Theatreview

Winner -  Argus Angel Award for artistic excellence, Brighton Festival

Winner - Best of Fringe, San Francisco Fringe Festival


Cast and crew

Performer, Elizabeth Hawthorne

Director, Paul Gittins

Producers, David Aston and Paul Gittins

Set Designer, John Parker

Costume Designer, Elizabeth Whiting

Lighting Designer, Nik Janiurek


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