A rich and refined period piece about one of New Zealand's most famous war brides.
Karina Abadia
Published on June 23, 2013


Following a successful season at the 2011 New Zealand Fringe Festival, Amy and Catherine Waller’s solo show Gloria returns to the Hibiscus Coast.

It tells the true story of the Waller sisters’ grandmother Gloria Stanford who as a 21-year-old made international headlines as “The Bride Who Wouldn’t Leave New Zealand". More than six decades later Amy Waller plays the part of her grandmother and celebrates her colourful WWII years.

Gloria isn't easy to categorise as it takes you from the domestic, to Film Noir and the fantastical in the blink of an eye. The combination of 1940’s swing music, dancing and fearless physical theatre also makes for a very dynamic show. The play is a powerful examination of how people can change in different contexts and how memories can alter over time.


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