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The Hatpin

Melbourne Premiere
Music by Peter Rutherford
Book and Lyrics by James Millar

May 16th - 28th 2011
Theatre Works, St. Kilda

 

 

 

 

 

 


About The Hatpin

Set in Sydney in 1892, THE HATPIN tells the true story of single mother Amber Murray (Gemma-Ashley Kaplan), who, in a desperate attempt to save the life of her beloved baby, finds herself embroiled in one of the most captivating and moving criminal trials in Australian history.

With the support of her free spirited friend, Harriet Piper (Samantha Morley), Amber fights the injustices of this tragedy to find hope and strength.

First produced in Sydney in 2008 starring CAROLINE O'CONNOR and BARRY CROCKER, THE HATPIN was presented later that year at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

 

The Magnormos Production
Following seasons at Parramatta and Ballarat, the 2011 Magnormos season was the Melbourne premiere of the work and recieved excellent critical response.

Magnormos operated two successful social media campaigns for the season, firstly introducing each of the characters by releasing specially created cameo portraits, one on each consecutive day. These were then followed by releasing daily fictional extracts from Amber Murray's diary, which gave back-story on the events leading up to where we find the character at the opening of the musical.

You can view the campaigns here:

The Extracts of the Diary of Amber Murray

The Hatpin - Meet the characters


"The Hatpin takes a true Australian story and turns it into the most ghoulish musical since Sweeney Todd!... Magnormos doesn't fail the slick standards we've come to expect, and its new musical packs a gruesome punch." - The Age

"a brilliantly-crafted piece of theatre that boasts a stellar cast and an intensity level that goes to eleven!" - Theatre People

"breathtaking… It will give you chills and stay with you long after the performers have taken their final bow" - Arts Hub