Award winning tale of hidden life on stage in Taranaki

The latest show to hit the stage in New Plymouth has been nominated for a slew of awards.

Solitude, a one woman show by Martine Baanvinger, has been nominated for awards for best actress, best solo performance, and best script and was the winner of best music/sound award at the Nelson Fringe Festival.

The show, which has been called incredibly imaginative by critics, is on stage at 4th Wall Theatre this week.

The story starts in 1913 and follows Annie, who entered the remote mountains of Kahurangi National Park to live a hidden life with her lover, Henry Chaffey.

Annie spent the next 40 years there – 40  years in raw exile, swallowed by the silence, and enslaved by the fire. This touching true story is about Annie’s love, loneliness, loss and laughter.

Baanvinger herself is is an actor, director, teacher and writer who trained at the Theatre Academy in Amsterdam in the 1990s, where she took part in many professional theatre productions.

Now living in New Zealand, devising theatre is Baanvinger’s specialty and she has a passion for telling the stories of extraordinary women in local history.

Solitude also features music from New Zealand musician Mark Manson, who has provided a unique recorded soundscape for the production. 

  • Solitude is on Friday 2 August 2, 7:30pm, at New Plymouth’s 4th Wall Theatre. Adults $25, Seniors $20, Students $10. To book tickets visit