In response to Covid-19 and cancelled 2020 tours, Tour-Makers has collaborated with RNZ to produce 3 audio dramas; Wild Dogs Under My Skirt with F.C.C, A Boy Called Piano with The Conch and Te Pō with Nightsong. These high-quality recordings offer more kiwis access to artistic excellence, and will air on RNZ's Standing Room Only.
A Boy Called Piano
Auckland 1963, three eleven-year-old boys meet in family court. Two Maori and one Samoan: Wheels, Piwi and a boy called Piano. Made wards of state, they are taken to Owairaka Boys home. There begins a story into the heart of darkness, abuse and pain but also the remarkable resilience of the boys as they seek to survive through the power of friendship, culture, music and the light of the human spirit.
Following the award winning collaboration of The White Guitar's creative team, The Conch returns to work with Fa'amoana John Luafutu on A Boy Called Piano. Building on The Conch's kaupapa of harnessing the power of theatre as a force for social change, this work takes us directly into the experience of thousands of Maori and Pacific children placed in state care in the 1960's. Director Nina Nawalowalo ONZM leads an 8-strong cast for this audio recording made up of 3 generations of the Luafutu family to tell Fa'amoana John Luafutu's story.