Join Te Pou Theatre in celebrating and supporting the development of these new works from Māori playwrights as part of Kōanga Festival. The landmark feature of the Festival is Whakarongo Mai, a series of public readings of new works from emerging playwrights.
PLAYREADINGS WEEKEND ONE
A weekend of new plays for tamariki.
Friday 1 October, 7pm
Hoki Wairua Mai
by Baylee Watene-Kay (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Hine)
A new Te Reo Māori theatre work for young audiences that sees twins Waiata and Hāparangi race against time to deliver the loneliest man in Hawaiki to the birth of his 100th moko.
Saturday 2 October, 7pm
Atarangi: Morning Sky
by Tom Knowles (Rongowhakaata)
Atarangi: Morning Sky explores the Māori myth of creation, Ranginui and Papatūānuku, through the eyes of a young New Zealand teenager in 2021, finding parallels from the myth to her modern day life. An Aotearoa Reggae-Roots musical extravaganza exploring where we each come from.
PLAYREADINGS WEEKEND 2
A weekend of new plays from wāhine Māori playwrights.
Friday 8 October 2021, 7pm
by Colleen Maria Lenihan (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) and Ava Williams (Ngāpuhi, Tainui)
Two young wāhine Maori grappling with the pressures of life in the city are visited by their grandmothers, who will stop at nothing to bring their mokos home. The kuia believe the only way forward is for their mokos to go back to their whenua and whānau. They are determined to bring their moko home and nothing, not even death, will stand in their way.
Saturday 9 October 2021, 7pm
by Te Aorewa Areta (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi)
At a time when Māori and non-Māori have been torn apart, a Māori woman steps to the front of New Zealand’s suffrage movement, fighting for a cause that represents all women. The Kōkako tells the story of Meri Mangakāhia, mysterious, elegant and intelligent, a hidden gem of our history.