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SEACLIFF: DEMISE OF WARD 5 Synopsis On December 8th 1942, Ward 5 (the Simla ward) of Seacliff Lunatic Asylum, near Dunedin, burnt down. 37 of the 39 female patients inside the ward, perished. Seacliff: Demise of Ward 5 is a play musical which intertwines a fictional story of the lives of some of the patients of Simla, and the factual events of the tragic fire. Controversial issues of the types of treatment used in Asylums during the period are addressed in this musical. The lead character, a young woman named Grace Sutton, is committed into Seacliff by her husband, after being found guilty of murdering their daughter. Grace; a reserved woman, still reeling from the aftermath of her daughters death, slowly finds herself becoming stronger than ever in a place that seems the least likely of anywhere to find any form of solace; aided by her new found relationships with fellow patients, and a young guard named Willem Lucas. The play, set over the course of two months, builds to the night of the fire. The playwright aims to tell of a fictional tale, built on love, hardships and heroism, and most importantly, to raise awareness of the real story of one of New Zealands most terrible and suppressed tragedies Dunedin 1942

 

  
Seacliff, The Demise of Ward 5
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A set of 18 songs from the musical written by Renee Maurice These are recorded in the manner to what Renee would envision for stage but with the actual characters singing their respective parts.
Ward 5 of Seacliff mental asylum burned to the ground in 1942 taking with it the lives of 37 female patients. This is New Zealand's most forgotten tragedy and is meant as a tribute to the lives of those women.
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Renee Maurice
Seacliff Introduction (Seacliff)
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We're Not Sick We Swear (Seacliff)
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How to overcome the cruel (Seacliff)
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An Old Hat's Point Of View (Seacliff)
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The Land of The Living (Seacliff)
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Welcome To Our Humble Home (Seacliff)
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Hush Little War (Seacliff)
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Intro reprise (Seacliff ActII)
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I Like it, I do (Seacliff)
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An Angel Named Grace (Seacliff)
added to station 2/23/2009 6:38:55 AM
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Lucille's Vision (Seacliff ActII)
added to station 2/26/2009 3:42:30 AM
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Renee Maurice
Remedy (Seacliff)
added to station 2/26/2009 5:24:18 AM
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Playing With Fire (Seacliff)
added to station 3/3/2009 4:36:34 PM
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Heart and Soul (Seacliff)
added to station 3/5/2009 6:05:20 PM
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Something In the air (Seacliff)
added to station 3/6/2009 4:40:06 PM
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Matron's Song/Gone/Fatima Prayer (Seacliff ActII)
added to station 3/7/2009 7:15:48 AM
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An Angel Named Grace-Reprise, Seacliff (Act II)
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Not Sick Anymore (Seacliff finale) Act II
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