“Thank you for putting on a great show. It was so great, it nearly blew my shoes off!” - Josh (Papakura Central School)
Come celebrate Matariki with a giant scale puppet show of magical glow-in-the-dark characters from Māori myth and legend! This innovative, cutting edge concept features 40+ glow-in-the-dark puppets under UV lights in a black box theatre environment. 15,000+ children saw this extraordinary show in 2017/18. 25,000+ children saw it in 2019. It’s a must see for Matariki!
Now, The Glow Show Company is back on tour with an all new show for 2020 and this time we go under the sea! Hiwa-i-te-rangi (the Matariki wishing star) helps a courageous Kina on her journey of discovery across the Pacific Ocean to Aotearoa. It’s a delightful story of our kai moana and the whakataukī “He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.”
The upbeat 45-minute show has the audience buzzing from the onset. Illuminating kids’ hearts and minds, they’ll be singing all the way home! Rich in Te Reo Māori, there’s an abundance of educational content to take back to the classroom. Stay for the Q&A session after the show – meet the cast!
The production was created by puppet designer/creator Sarah Burren who collaborated with composer/musical director Midge Perez. They have an impressive history, having worked together on 20 children’s shows. Sarah has been involved in the concept/design/production of over 100 stage shows and live events both in NZ and internationally. Recognising the significance of Matariki to many New Zealanders, they sought the guidance and approval of kaumātua Dr Haare Williams (amorangi in arts, culture and education) to create a Matariki story that ignites the spirit and pride of our tamariki.
Recommended for ages 2 – 10. This production is suitable for special needs children.
“If Matariki Glow Show is a small child’s first experience of theatre, then they will be very lucky. A fun and entertaining feast with a wonderful contemporary story of Aotearoa.” - Cate Prestidge (Theatreview)