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One Hill Of A Fight – Return Season!

Friday, 11th August 2017, 7:30 pm - Wednesday, 23rd August 2017, 7:30 pm

Local playwright Michael Switzer’s hit play ‘One Hill of a Fight’ is back for a Return Season!


The first season of this play at The Meteor in May 2017 was a sold-out success and received audience and critical acclaim. This instant classic tells an intriguing local story as it examines the great political battle in the 1930’s – between the Hamilton borough engineer Rupert Worley, HCC and ratepayers- over removing the hill that once covered Garden Place.  This show was such a sold-out success for it’s opening season, that we had to bring it back by popular demand!

The local politics still resonate. How much debt should be taken on by council? How much does personality shape policy decisions? Who should drive the decision-making process – council, the ratepayers, or ‘experts’? The audience at each performance, having heard all the arguments, get to vote on what they would have selected- keeping or cutting the hill!

Worley was an extraordinary man, at only 23 he was directing engineering works on the Western front in WW1 and was later awarded international prizes in Paris for his world leading engineering innovations in Hamilton. ‘One Hill of a Fight’ reveals the immense hidden strain that survivors of the Great War felt when they returned to civilian life in New Zealand. The action offers a glimpse of what might have been for the city, had the hill not been removed from Hamilton’s CBD…

The short scenes of this fast-paced piece dissolve seamlessly to create a film-like feeling, the action moving from 1925 to 1942. There is a great deal of character-driven humour, irony, frustration and sadness. All of which humanises the events of this local story and makes them universally understandable. No prior knowledge of Hamilton or its history is required to enjoy this play.

The Meteor is extremely privileged to host Round Two of ‘One Hill of a Fight’. Don’t miss the second season of this local smash hit!

Some audience and review quotes from the first season:

‘a great story and some interesting history that I feel embarrassed to have waited 50 + years to have found out!… our guests really enjoyed it and were buzzing about after in terms of both content and performance’

‘One Hill of a Fight is a well-researched and highly relate-able play melded with strong performances. Anyone with an interest in local or national history will find a wealth of material here and the story itself is strong enough to stand on its own merits”

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Friday, 11th August 2017, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, 23rd August 2017, 7:30 pm


The Meteor Theatre
1 Victoria st
Hamilton, New Zealand