Downfall: Three New Zealand History Plays

Downfall: Three New Zealand History Plays is ideal for students and teachers of drama and for those with an interest in New Zealand’s rich heritage.

These three plays by acclaimed playwright Michelanne Forster (Daughters of Heaven) have intrigued audiences in productions in New Zealand and overseas.

Te Keni explores the fraught relationship between Māori and Pākehā in the early colonial period.

Larnach reveals the dynamics of the prominent family that established Larnach Castle in Dunedin.

My Heart is Bathed in Blood examines the tragic story of a betrayed young house surgeon in 1950s Otago who exacts bloody revenge.

Each play is introduced with an essay that provides historical context and performance history.