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UPU - Kia Mau Festival 2021

UPU - Kia Mau Festival 2021

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  • Tue 15 Jun, 6:30pm – 7:40pm
  • Wed 16 Jun, 6:30pm – 7:40pm
  • Thu 17 Jun, 6:30pm – 7:40pm
  • Fri 18 Jun, 8:00pm – 9:10pm
  • Sat 19 Jun, 8:00pm – 9:10pm


Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki St, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $45.00
  • Concession: $35.00
  • Friend of Circa: $32.50
  • Under 25s: $25.00
  • Group 6+: $35.00


Circa Theatre

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
Circa One
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

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