Rita and Douglas
Based on the letters of Rita Angus adapted for stage by Dave Armstrong
directed by conrad newport
featuring Jennifer Ward Lealand & Michael Houston
Two of New Zealand’s leading performers, Jennifer Ward-Lealand and Michael Houstoun, join forces to present the words, music and images of two of our greatest cultural icons – artist Rita Angus and composer Douglas Lilburn.
Recently divorced painter Rita Angus and young composer Douglas Lilburn met in the early 1940s and had a brief but passionate affair. Living in virtual poverty and struggling with health issues, Angus went on to produce, with Lilburn’s support, an outstanding body of work.
Rita and Douglas is a poignant love story and a stunning collaboration of theatre, music and art.
Supported by The Estate of Rita Angus, The Lilburn Trust, Creative New Zealand and Te Papa Picture Library