By Helen Pearse-Otene
Directed by Jim Moriarty
Produced by Te Rākau Trust
25 Feb – 1 March
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday @ 6.30pm; Friday @ 10am
Tickets $15 full price / $10 students & concession / $5 twelve and under / $30 whānau (2 full price and 2 students or tamariki). For tickets to Friday matinee contact Sasha Gibb – email@example.com
A moving story about friendship, loyalty, madness and redemption – seen through the eyes of Paora Matene, a war veteran, and relayed to his wayward charges Rimini and George. Sent back to their whānau in the “one cow town” of Tamariri, Rimini and George aren’t interested in any of the locals or their family history – they just want to get back to the city. It was the same for five young men in 1939. Drawn in by the excitement of war, they run away to the army and join the 28th Māori Battalion. Thus begins their adventure of a lifetime, from their training in England to their first encounter with the enemy in Greece. The two stories collide and the past confronted with the youngsters learning valuable life lessons.
the beautiful ones
Written and Directed by Hone Kouka
Produced by Tawata Productions
Featuring Manuel Solomon, Moana Ete, Kali Kopae, Scotty Cotter, Skyla Love, Ngakopa Volkerling and more.
26 February – 1st March
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday @ 9.30pm. 2pm Friday
$20 full price / $15 students & concession / Groups of 8+ $10
(Preview Performance 25 February @ 9.30pm $10)
The hyper real digital love story weaves together a handful of Aotearoa’s finest artists from our theatre, dance & music scenes. This experimental Development Season will be shown for four nights only in Wellington as part of the Pūtahi Festival. Choreography by Dolina Wehipeihana. Design by Johnson Witehira, Sopheak Seng, Wai Mihinui & Jaimee Warda, Laurie Dean. Music by Karnan Saba, Jayde Marter & Busby Pearse-Otene, Tama Waipara & Kali Kopae.
NOT IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Written & Directed by Jamie McCaskill
Produced by Tikapa Productions
Featuring a solo performance by Kali Kopae.
Saturday 1 March
One Performance Only @ 4pm
Tickets $15 full price / $10 students & concession.
Not in our Neighbourhood is a one-person play that follows the lives of Sasha Miller, Cat Mihinui and Teresa Cummings. Three individuals with very different backgrounds living together at the Women’s Refuge safe house. Maisey Mata, a filmmaker, has been invited to Hauraki Women’s Refuge to follow some of their clients in a bid to raise awareness about domestic violence. On her journey she discovers that domestic violence comes in all different shapes and sizes and that situations are more complicated than she first thought. Not in our Neighbourhood takes a close look behind the mask of domestic violence – the despair, the misguided loyalties, the pain, the hopelessness and hope.
(image: Tim Elkington)
Saturday 1 March, koha entry.
11am Hīkoi by Nancy Brunning
“The great thing with our policy is that we are going to have a world full of people speaking fluent Māori who have got nothing Māori to talk about” John Rangihau
Nellie and Charlie find love and build a life together in the thriving new town of Te Moananui. When Nellie discovers her inner power and true voice it threatens to destroy their relationship, their family and Charlie’s dream of life without ties to the past.
With only a suitcase, a bottle of Coruba and a packet of cigarettes, 16-year-old twins Janey-Girl and May set off with their siblings Pearl, Joe and Bubba on a road trip through the rural back roads of central North Island.
Hīkoi – A journey of love – follows the lives of two generations dealing with a radically changing world and their way of saying something about it.
Cast includes: Miria George, Kali Kopae (Not in out neighborhood, He Reo Aroha, Manawa), Gavin Rutherford (Clybourne Park, Midnight in Moscow) and newcomer Ngakopa Volkerling.
Hīkoi Te Kākano Season will be presented during Matariki 2014 at Circa Theatre:http://www.circa.co.nz/site/Shows/Hikoi
2.30 A Story of Rona by Steph Matuku
This is the prequel to the classic legend of Rona.
Rona is renowned for her insulting manner toward her family and the village is sick of her. Her rival, Kira, decides to hire a TANIWHA to get rid of her…
This delightful children’s story written by Stephanie Matuku, 2013 winner of Playmarket’s Plays for the Young (ages 8-12), inspires the child in us to be brave in the face of diversity and stoic in times of chaos. Directed by Moana Ete and presented by fresh-faced Wellington Actors this coming-of-age tale is a part of the Pūtahi Festival, 2014.