"THE DROWNING GIRLS"

By Garry Thomas

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"The Drowning Girls"

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A Little Box At The Top Of The Stairs scheduled production for 2013 is the adult drama, “The Drowning Girls” by Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson and Daniela Vlaskalic. Your assistance with the funding of this theatrical event will enable a top quality production - and NZ premiere - to be presented in Christchurch.

Featuring: Aimee Borlase, Georgie Stylianou and Elizabeth Woods. Directed by Garry Thomas.

Synopsis: Bessie, Alice and Margaret have two things in common: they are married to George Joseph Smith, and they are dead. Surfacing from the bathtubs they were drowned in, the three breathless brides gather evidence against their womanizing, murderous husband by reliving the shocking events leading up to their deaths. Reflecting on the misconceptions of love, married life, and the not-so-happily ever after, “The Drowning Girls” is both a breathtaking fantasia and a social critique, full of rich images, a myriad of characters, and lyrical language.

Performance Details:

Venue: Elmwood Auditorium, 31 Aikmans Road, Merivale, Christchurch.

Time and dates: Thursday to Saturday, 7th to 9th and 14th to 16th November, 7:30pm

Tickets: $20 waged, $16 unwaged.

A Little Box At The Top Of The Stairs was formed in 2010 as a small theatre and entertainment group by Garry Thomas. Its aim is to bring exciting and challenging theatre to the Christchurch stage, creating opportunities for actors and audiences alike. 

It’s first production was “Location, Location” in 2010 – written by Christchurch playwright, Sam Fisher and successfully staged at The Loons, Lyttelton. Plans for 2011 did not eventuate due to the Earthquakes but this did not dampen the spirit and enthusiasm of this Christchurch-based theatre company and in 2012, their second production, “Extremities” was well-received in the Elmwood Auditorium.

THE DIRECTOR: Garry Thomas has been involved in the Christchurch theatre scene for some 25 years, directing a number of productions for various groups, such as Rangiora Players, Riccarton Players and Elmwood Players. Garry is the current President of Elmwood Players, and a member of the NZ Theatre Federation committee. Previous productions he has directed include the South Island premiere of the award winning NZ play, “Katydid”, along with “Be My Baby”, “Veronica’s Room”, “Summer Of The 17th Doll”, “Gasping” and many others.

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Tik Tok

27/10/2013 at 9:08 PM

Well today's the day our crowd funding closes ... 10pm tonite (Monday).  We are soooooo close, please spread the word.  Your support is appreciated.  We are all set for our opening next Thursday,7 November ... look forward to seeing you there :)  Gaz

Tik tok

24/10/2013 at 4:35 AM


The Drowning Girls is on track, and its only two weeks til we open.  We've had a great write up already in last Mondays Press, and our radio and newspaper advertising is about to kick in.  We've been fortunate to be able to rehearse at NASDA studios, with lots of space to move about.  We have 5 days left before our PledgeMe crowdfunding closes ... we're currently sitting on $1060 .... so we only need another $440.  Your support is greatly appreciated .. .. see you at "The Drowning Girls"  :)  Gaz

The Drowning Girls - new promo video

07/10/2013 at 10:08 PM

Progressing nicely

17/09/2013 at 10:31 PM

Hi there supporters, a wee update for you re “The Drowning Girls”. Our rehearsals are now well underway, and our set is being sorted/constructed. We were fortunate to be given the okay by the (Canadian) authors to promote this as a NZ Premiere, which is great. This weekend we have a promo shoot arranged, so we should have some pix available shortly. Please continue to promote and support us, it’s very much appreciated. 
Also check out our “The Drowning Girls” Facebook page. 

Very important to me, as the director, and the cast, is not to lose sight of the fact that this play is based on real life events.  Our intent is to honour the memory of the three women. And an interesting point is that the trial of Smith is recognised as one of the first where forensic evidence was used to convict the accused.

Bernard Spilsbury (16 May 1877 – 17 December 1947) was a British pathologist. His cases include the "Brides in the Bath" murders by George Joseph Smith. Pre-trial, Spilsbury reasoned that Smith must have seized his victim by the feet and suddenly pulled them up toward himself, sliding the upper part of the body underwater. The sudden flood of water into her nose and throat might cause shock and sudden loss of consciousness, explaining the absence of injuries and minimal signs of drowning. In the actual court case, the police hired several experienced female divers of the same size and build as the victims. They tried to push them underwater by force but there would be inevitable signs of struggle. They then unexpectedly pulled the feet of one of the divers, and her head glided underwater before she knew what happened. Suddenly they saw that the woman was no longer moving. They quickly pulled her out of the tub and it took over half an hour to revive her. When she came to, she related that the only thing she remembered was the rush of water
before she lost consciousness. Thus was Spilsbury's theory confirmed. In August 1915, Smith was hanged at Maidstone Prison, protesting his innocence to the end - and taking with him the secret of how he killed three innocent women.


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10/09/2013 at 10:20 AM


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10/09/2013 at 10:18 AM

Rehearsal time ....

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07/09/2013 at 10:32 AM


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    "The Drowning Girls"

    Project 2013-07-23 03:05:08 +1200

    A Little Box At The Top Of The Stairs scheduled production for 2013 is the adult drama, “The Drowning Girls” by Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson and Daniela Vlaskalic. Your assistance with the funding of this theatrical event will enable a top quality production - and NZ premiere - to be presented in Christchurch.

    Featuring: Aimee Borlase, Georgie Stylianou and Elizabeth Woods. Directed by Garry Thomas.

    Synopsis: Bessie, Alice and Margaret have two things in common: they are married to George Joseph Smith, and they are dead. Surfacing from the bathtubs they were drowned in, the three breathless brides gather evidence against their womanizing, murderous husband by reliving the shocking events leading up to their deaths. Reflecting on the misconceptions of love, married life, and the not-so-happily ever after, “The Drowning Girls” is both a breathtaking fantasia and a social critique, full of rich images, a myriad of characters, and lyrical language.

    Performance Details:

    Venue: Elmwood Auditorium, 31 Aikmans Road, Merivale, Christchurch.

    Time and dates: Thursday to Saturday, 7th to 9th and 14th to 16th November, 7:30pm

    Tickets: $20 waged, $16 unwaged.

    A Little Box At The Top Of The Stairs was formed in 2010 as a small theatre and entertainment group by Garry Thomas. Its aim is to bring exciting and challenging theatre to the Christchurch stage, creating opportunities for actors and audiences alike. 

    It’s first production was “Location, Location” in 2010 – written by Christchurch playwright, Sam Fisher and successfully staged at The Loons, Lyttelton. Plans for 2011 did not eventuate due to the Earthquakes but this did not dampen the spirit and enthusiasm of this Christchurch-based theatre company and in 2012, their second production, “Extremities” was well-received in the Elmwood Auditorium.

    THE DIRECTOR: Garry Thomas has been involved in the Christchurch theatre scene for some 25 years, directing a number of productions for various groups, such as Rangiora Players, Riccarton Players and Elmwood Players. Garry is the current President of Elmwood Players, and a member of the NZ Theatre Federation committee. Previous productions he has directed include the South Island premiere of the award winning NZ play, “Katydid”, along with “Be My Baby”, “Veronica’s Room”, “Summer Of The 17th Doll”, “Gasping” and many others.

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    You need to pledge to see this update.

    Tik Tok

    27/10/2013 at 9:08 PM

    Well today's the day our crowd funding closes ... 10pm tonite (Monday).  We are soooooo close, please spread the word.  Your support is appreciated.  We are all set for our opening next Thursday,7 November ... look forward to seeing you there :)  Gaz

    Tik tok

    24/10/2013 at 4:35 AM


    The Drowning Girls is on track, and its only two weeks til we open.  We've had a great write up already in last Mondays Press, and our radio and newspaper advertising is about to kick in.  We've been fortunate to be able to rehearse at NASDA studios, with lots of space to move about.  We have 5 days left before our PledgeMe crowdfunding closes ... we're currently sitting on $1060 .... so we only need another $440.  Your support is greatly appreciated .. .. see you at "The Drowning Girls"  :)  Gaz

    The Drowning Girls - new promo video

    07/10/2013 at 10:08 PM

    Progressing nicely

    17/09/2013 at 10:31 PM

    Hi there supporters, a wee update for you re “The Drowning Girls”. Our rehearsals are now well underway, and our set is being sorted/constructed. We were fortunate to be given the okay by the (Canadian) authors to promote this as a NZ Premiere, which is great. This weekend we have a promo shoot arranged, so we should have some pix available shortly. Please continue to promote and support us, it’s very much appreciated. 
    Also check out our “The Drowning Girls” Facebook page. 

    Very important to me, as the director, and the cast, is not to lose sight of the fact that this play is based on real life events.  Our intent is to honour the memory of the three women. And an interesting point is that the trial of Smith is recognised as one of the first where forensic evidence was used to convict the accused.

    Bernard Spilsbury (16 May 1877 – 17 December 1947) was a British pathologist. His cases include the "Brides in the Bath" murders by George Joseph Smith. Pre-trial, Spilsbury reasoned that Smith must have seized his victim by the feet and suddenly pulled them up toward himself, sliding the upper part of the body underwater. The sudden flood of water into her nose and throat might cause shock and sudden loss of consciousness, explaining the absence of injuries and minimal signs of drowning. In the actual court case, the police hired several experienced female divers of the same size and build as the victims. They tried to push them underwater by force but there would be inevitable signs of struggle. They then unexpectedly pulled the feet of one of the divers, and her head glided underwater before she knew what happened. Suddenly they saw that the woman was no longer moving. They quickly pulled her out of the tub and it took over half an hour to revive her. When she came to, she related that the only thing she remembered was the rush of water
    before she lost consciousness. Thus was Spilsbury's theory confirmed. In August 1915, Smith was hanged at Maidstone Prison, protesting his innocence to the end - and taking with him the secret of how he killed three innocent women.


    Rehearsal Time

    10/09/2013 at 10:20 AM


    Rehearsal Time

    10/09/2013 at 10:18 AM

    Rehearsal time ....

    Poster for 'The Drowning Girls'

    07/09/2013 at 10:32 AM


      Anonymous pledger
      2013-10-28 21:36:31 +1300
      Bridget Smith
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      2013-10-28 17:21:33 +1300
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      2013-10-27 18:54:12 +1300
      Giles Wood
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      2013-09-11 21:21:28 +1200
      Victoria Morgan
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