Nicola Pauling - Best on Tap

Friday August 23rd - 6:30pm. Random Stage.

It's 1960 New Zealand and a young mother is forced to give up her daughter for adoption. We bear witness to the ripple effects of that one event on the lives of four women decades later. She Danced on a Friday goes behind the headlines of the 1992 murder of Margery Hopegood. It is a true crime story, a love story and an honouring of motherhood. Written and performed by a woman with intimate ties to this legacy, it is a "exquisitely crafted honouring of life."

An exquisitely crafted honouring of life
— Theatreview

Trigger warnings/Content forecasts: Violence, Murder.



Nicola is an actor, improviser and group facilitator. She is the Artistic Director of Voice Arts, a not for profit that uses play and performance as tools for community and personal development. Nicola has led the development and delivery of many unique creative engagement projects that support people to tell their own stories in their own voice; projects that support social justice, active citizenship and wellbeing. Nicola has worked internationally with communities in Cook Islands, Ethiopia, Uganda, and New York. She is a recent graduate of New York based East Side Institute’s International Programme.

Many Thanks To

Our deepest gratitude to everyone who shared their memories of Margery, her birth story and her death story.

Creatives Involved

  • Musician - Matt Hutton

  • Original Composition - Matt Hutton

  • Dramaturge - Kerryn Palmer

  • Directed by - Kerryn Palmer

  • Set Construction - Lucas Neal

  • Graphic Design - Ben Emerson

  • Special thanks to the directing talents of Sally Richards, for her work on the inaugural season in Hamilton