As a teenager in the 1950s, Nyree Dawn Porter inspired her ballet students by painting graceful dancers directly onto the living room walls of her family’s Napier home, where she held lessons.
Now you can follow Nyree’s journey to international success in theatre, film and television when you visit the exhibition ‘Nyree Dawn Porter: From Local Stage to Global Stardom’.
Nyree’s talents in performance won her the Miss Cinema competition, which led to a trip to London for a screen test. After making her mark in the UK theatre scene, she became a television star in the BBC production of The Forsyte Saga, watched by millions around the world.
Later in her career, Nyree received an OBE for services to TV and Film, and was the subject of a This is Your Life episode in England. She continued performing right up until her unexpected death in 2001, at the age of 61.
The exhibition showcases Nyree’s preserved paintings, photos and newspaper clippings of her success along with excerpts from the original Forsyte Saga on screen. Costumes inspired by Nyree’s paintings are available for people of all ages to dress up and strike a pose.
Nyree Dawn Porter was an inspiring woman who went from local stage to global stardom. Visit MTG Hawke’s Bay and share her story of success…
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