Kōrero: Plays and playwrights

Foreskin's lament, 1981

Foreskin's lament, 1981

Greg McGee's Foreskin's lament, set in a rugby changing room, became a landmark of New Zealand theatre from its first performance in 1981. McGee had earlier trialled for the junior All Blacks, and the authenticity of his play's action and dialogue both shocked and enthralled audiences. Foreskin's lament appeared immediately before and during massive nationwide protests against the visiting Springbok rugby team. Both the play and the protests ensured that rugby's place in New Zealand identity would never be the same again. This is the poster for the first season of Foreskin's lament at Wellington's Circa Theatre in 1981.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-C-CIRCA-1981-02

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

Courtesy of Circa Theatre

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Murray Edmond, 'Plays and playwrights - Social issues on stage', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/ephemera/43968/foreskins-lament-1981 (accessed 28 November 2021)

He kōrero nā Murray Edmond, i tāngia i te 22 Oct 2014