On Saturday 23rd July, The Court Theatre is hosting “The Great Kate Chase” a special community event celebrating Kate Sheppard and the suffragist movement’s connection to Addington.

Tying in to The Court’s season of That Bloody Woman, the rock opera tribute to Christchurch’s famous suffragist and social reformer Kate Sheppard, The Great Kate Chase is modelled on traditional treasure hunts, geocaching, TV game shows such as “The Amazing Race” and popular new app “Pokémon Go”.

Starting at The Court Theatre at 9am, The Great Kate Chase will take teams on an exploration of Addington, following clues to various locations with fun tasks to complete along the way. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest/slowest team, the oldest/youngest team member and most creative team, alongside other categories.

The Court is working with a Christchurch history researcher and an experienced geocacher to develop the game. “We didn’t have to dig very deep into Addington’s history to find direct links to New Zealand’s women’s franchise movement,” says Education Manager Rachel Sears. “Within 1.5kms of The Court we’ve located at least six locations that we will be using for The Great Kate Chase.”

Teams of up to six family and friends – or solo players – are encouraged to register early to secure their place in what will be a fun free day out before the 2pm matinee of That Bloody Woman at The Court. Team numbers will be limited for maximum enjoyment.

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