She Danced on a Friday – The Birth and Death of Margery Hopegood.
Twenty-five years ago the people of Hamilton united in grief and shock over the senseless murder of English tourist Margery Hopegood. Hundreds turned out for her memorial service, many more signed a condolence book for her family, one woman even named her daughter Margery.
This tragedy captured hearts and minds across the country, as it was revealed that Margery wasn’t just a tourist, she was coming home. Adopted from New Zealand 31 years earlier Margery was on a pilgrimage, not an OE. She had been in the country just four days when her life was taken in a brutal manner.
Her killer was apprehended, justice was served and the city breathed a sigh of relief. But questions remain about the birth and death of Margery Hopegood. This is her story.
The Meteor hosts the premiere of ‘She Danced on a Friday’ a play researched, written and performed by a woman with a personal connection to the story. It has been created with permission from the Hopegood family and is based on interviews with Margery’s birth and adopted family, the police and former city officials.Book Now