Part of the Kia Mau Festival 2021
Curator - Grace Iwashita-Taylor
Director - Fasitua Amosa
Company - UPU Collective
FEATURING: Mia Blake, Ana Corbett, Maiava Nathaniel Lees, Miriama McDowell, Shadon Meredith, Gaby Solomona and Jarod Rawiri
16 – 19 Jun
$25 Preview - Tues 15 Jun
Tues – Thur 6.30 pm, Fri – Sat 8 pm
$25 – $45
Runtime: 70 min
The power of Māori & Pasifika literature roaring to theatrical life
The world of Oceania is not small. From the energetic volcanoes of O’ahu to the southern reaches of Aotearoa, she is borderless and vast – and growing bigger by the day. After decades of dismissal and disconnection, her children are closer than ever. It’s time for a reunion. UPU brings the wealth and power of Pacific literature to roaring theatrical life. Curated by award-winning poet Grace Iwashita-Taylor and led by powerhouse director Fasitua Amosa, UPU gives the stage to Oceania’s most electrifying poetry. Ben Brown, Karlo Mila, Albert Wendt and more: UPU is for the trailblazers, the icons and the new writers transforming Aotearoa today.
Following a knock-out Silo Theatre season at the Auckland Arts Festival last year, UPU joins the Kia Mau Festival 2021 with an all-star line-up of leading Māori and Pasifika performers, including Maiava Nathaniel Lees, reviving the words of our literary legends and bellowing out the proclamations and provocations of the next game-changing generation. Kia Mau Festival is proud to partner with the UPU Collective and the Wellington Premiere Season of UPU.
‘This show is pure oratory and storytelling at its finest’ — Theatrescenes (NZ)
‘A must-see’ — Tearaway (NZ)
UPU premiered at Auckland Arts Festival 2020 co-produced by Silo Theatre and Auckland Arts Festival.
UPU, Silo Theatre 2020. Image: Andi Crown