The Ragged

“No matter. I am here. Safe and well at the ends of the Earth.
Far away from England’s thumb.
A man does not need a paper to start anew.
A man needs only a strong will and good land to break to it.
And if you are right, savage boy, and this land is unclaimed territory then I shall take it – by Right of Discovery.”

Or so the newly arrived settler Samuel Kenning thinks. Too bad for him that there are people already living in Ōwhiro Bay, including the newly baptised Chief Te Waipōuri and his people who have no intention of leaving the land. Then there is the Chief’s grumpy daughter in law, Peata, and the ambitious missionary, Bly, who refuses to help free the lonely Pākēhā slave……

The Ragged follows the struggles of ordinary people desperate for a better life in Port Nicholson (Wellington) in 1840. It is the first installment in a trilogy called The UnderTOW which takes a look at our country’s dynamic history.

Venue: St Orans College, 550 High Street, Lower Hutt
Dates: 22nd July – 26th July
Times: 6.30pm
Prices: Adults $20/Students $15/ Children $7.50
Bookings: Tickets through or Lower Hutt I-Site (A service fee may apply)

We will also be holding matinee performances for school groups from Tuesday 22nd July – Friday 25th July at 1pm. Seats are limited, therefore bookings are essential. Tickets for school groups will be at a special rate of $5pp, so get in fast to avoid missing out! Contact us at or call Jim Moriarty on 027 443 9250 for Matinee bookings.

Jim Moriarty has also been listed as a preferred practitioner for Achievement Standard 91516 Drama 3.5. For students completing this achievement standard, this will be a great opportunity to talk to Jim in person, as there will be a chance for open discussion at the end of the performance.