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Wakefield School

Region: Nelson/Marlborough/West Coast

Art form: Theatre/Music

Project name: Fireflight

Creative name: Lisa Allan, Dan Allan

Project information: In February 2019 Wakefield Village was at the heart of a massive forest fire that burnt 2,300 ha across the Tasman District. The entire community, 3000 people, was evacuated for several days and the village locked down by police and army - the first time in New Zealand history that a whole community has been relocated. Some families were unable to return to their homes for up to a fortnight. For the children of our school this was a massive and, for some, traumatic event; abandoning their homes at very short notice, leaving their belongings, animals, and security. Our project is to explore this event through an original theatre work written, produced, and performed by our students. 

Project status: In progress

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