Whakaari

HINEPAU
Taki Rua & Capital E

 Saturday 2 September 2017
2pm

KOHA

TUHI TIKA
Writing With Albert Belz

 3 & 17 September 2017
10am – 4pm

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WHAKARONGO MAI
New Māori Theatre Readings

6 & 13 September 2017
6.30pm

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PETER PAKA PARATENE
Te Rehia Theatre Company

7 – 9 September 2017
7.30pm

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WHĀNAU DAY
in association with Going West

Sunday 10 September 2017
10am – 4pm

FREE

THE MĀORI SIDE STEPS
Tīkapa Productions presented by Going West

14 – 16 September 2017
7.00pm

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KŌANGA FESTIVAL 2017
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GOING WEST BOOKS AND WRITERS FESTIVAL 2017
We are proud to partner with Going West for our Kōanga Festival – Check out their Official Website here!

KŌANGA FESTIVAL 2017
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Contact us about holding an event in our beautiful foyer space. Artwork by Lou Davis (Waka Blonde Threads), the bar run by the team at Verona Café, resident caterer Romy Hooper.

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Kacie Stetson Studio

Kacie Stetson Studio offers screen acting classes in Auckland for actors of all levels of experience. Whether you’re a working actor looking to take your craft to the next level, or a beginner starting your journey, the Studio offers a creative and nurturing home. In Auckland, this is the place to be for actors looking to deliver exceptional work.

Beginning the 3rd of May, Kacie Stetson Studio will be offering a new 14-week Tuesday night course. It will be taught by associate Dawn Glover, founder of Navi Collaborative.

For more information and to register, check out their website here.

 

 

 

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PURAPURAWHETŪ

Ruia Taitea Creative

This Matariki experience Briar Grace-Smith’s award winning theatre show Purapurawhetū i te reo Māori for the first time.  This epic tale of forgiveness, healing and hope has won the hearts of our nation since its debut in 1997 becoming a classic piece of New Zealand Theatre.

Starring Rawiri Paratene, hot on the heels of his worldwide Globe to Globe tour of Hamlet, this season of Purapurawhetū will be presented in te reo Māori with one English language preview show also on offer.  This is an opportunity to come and enjoy this classic contemporary story in both languages and increase your Reo Māori knowledge and appreciation this Matariki. Great ticket deals available for repeat shows.  

Last presented in Auckland in 2010, this dark tale will find a new voice through this dynamic retelling and will make history as the first modern te reo Māori theatre work to hit the Auckland mainstage.   Purapurawhetū will be also presented at The Herald, Auckland Live 13 – 16 July.

Cast: Rawiri Paratene, Antonio Te Maioha, Kimo Houltham, Ani-Piki Tuari and Krystal Lee-Brown
Director: Tainui Tukiwaho

Past Reviews of Purapurawhetū Productions

“Since its premiere in 1997, the play has established itself as a classic of Maori theatre…..it will continue to exert an influence for many years to come” – New Zealand Herald 2010

“Purapurawhetu remains a vital contribution to NZ theatre that deserves a long life on the stage for generations to come” – Theatreview 2010


PLEASE NOTE: Wednesday Preview Night is English language, all other performances are Te Reo Maori.

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YOURS TRULY

Te Rehia Theatre Company

Te Rehia Theatre presents ‘Yours Truly’ written and directed by award winning Maori playwright Albert Belz.  Yours Truly is a gothic romance of forbidden love, betrayal and sexual politics – set beneath the foggy gas-light of London, 1888.  A prince has fallen in love with a common shop-girl unleashing a devil amidst the shadows.  Jack the Ripper stalks the streets in a macabre defence of the throne, while ‘modern’ media enters into a frenzied bloodlust to match.  Now, only the little renowned artist Walter Sickert can stop the madness.  But in order to defeat the devil, one must enter hell. 

Starring Blair Strang as Walter Sickert – this is theatre at its bloody best.


PLEASE NOTE:
This show is reccomended for audiences aged 15 years and over, performance contains nudity, violence and course language.

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LINKS

New Zealand Performing Arts

New Zealand Performing Arts presents LINKS as their graduation performance. A mix of choreographed and improvised dance, classic and self-devised script work – showcasing the talent NZPA has to offer.

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Lost Girls

Theatrewhack

 

 

Following on from their sell-out season of Hippolytus Veiled, Theatrewhack present Patrick Graham’s ‘Lost Girls’…

Three young women wait in a room. They are guided through their final days by a mysterious usher until they understand what has happened to them.

Developed following a series of brutal murders of young women in New Zealand in the late 90s, Lost Girls is the examination of the final memories of three young women (6, 16 and 18 years of age).

This new staging stars:

Prema Cottingham (The Rover, Defensibility, Great Bellied Women),

Courtney Eggleton (The Seven Year Itch, The rover, End of the Golden Weather),

Renee Brierley (The Priory, Stella, Conversations of Karangahape Rd),

Turene Jones (Stage of Fools, The Shannard Chronicles, Mystery Play),

and is directed by Mark Oughton in his New Zealand directorial debut.

The play was performed in Wellington and Auckland in 2007 and 2013. This new production was initiated because of the prevalence of rape culture and rape apologists in social media, and as a reaction to recent rape cases such as Steubenville, the defending of sports personalities who are violent towards women, and the current national campaigns to reduce violence in families and relationships. 

The play is presented in a non-traditional format, and while it doesn’t give a naturalistic view of these girl’s last moments on earth – it does not have an easy ending. The play hopes to provoke the audience and leave people questioning their own moral compass.

Rehearsal stills from 2013 show
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Blog reviews of the 2013 show:
“Lost Girls has a point to make and it makes it in an uncompromising and brutal fashion. Not brutal like a bash on the head, but brutal as in a growing realisation that this is something we really need to collectively do something about. If our conscience had a guts this would be a necessary good swift kick in it.”
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“I’m sure I’m not the only person in the room who felt a connection to the characters – the acting was superb, the story so believable. There were times when I laughed and times when the breath caught in my throat, as the tales of everyday life led to the unfortunate and heart-wrenching conclusion. The performances were haunting, and I left feeling a little shaken, but I have to say that this is a must see!”
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“The actors perform well and in some cases with frightening or deeply touching results, a few times I was truly absorbed as if they were people I knew. The programme carries a warning about the end, and I was horrified, crying at one point. The play may have triggers for some people, but Lost Girls expertly shows what has happened to far too many people, particularly young women in vulnerable states, and the bewildering effects of neglect, abuse, isolation and the horror that drawing a veneer of faux-decency over crime inevitably produces.”
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The Zoo Story

Isolation, the division of class and the desire to connect. Seemingly inherent aspects of the human condition that are as relevant now as they were in the early 1970’s when Edward Albee crafted this Modern classic. Halfway there productions present a fresh rendition of The Zoo Story. A poignant, thrilling production that is sure to shake the foundations of your cultural framework.

Peter has come to his favorite bench in central park to enjoy some treasured time out from the routine of his daily life. Wife, kids, work and of course the budgies. His day is going as planned until Jerry, a confident, disheveled and somewhat strange man picks him as his victim of conversation. Peter is not quite sure how to handle Jerry yet despite his wariness something fascinates him and draws him in. What will happen when two different worlds dynamically collide on a sunny day in new york city? How wild can one simple interaction get?

HalfwayThere productions brings together a team of friends wanting to explore their craft and enjoy the pleasure of exploring and delivering a great story to the audience of Auckland city. 

Briar Collard, a key force behind Te Pou Theatre brings us her directorial debut with performance from master music listeners Mel Bailey and Albert Walker.

This is a production not to be missed!

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Mind over Manner – Workshop Series

MIND OVER MANNER workshops are designed for the parents, siblings, families, and those community members and professionals in close association with teenagers who think and learn differently

Monday October 10, 10.30am, Session 1 – The Over Responder: Socially most of us instinctively know how to adjust our manner – to gain acceptance and feel understood….to make friends There are many different ways of seeing, hearing, and communicating. For individuals who experience sensory processing differences ordering priorities or meeting expectations frequently results in confused or oppositional behaviour. Usually, compliance can be brought about by way of a tap on the shoulder and this is sufficient for individuals to fall into line. But what if you don’t recognize the line, feel the tap or understand that scowl? In another way, these people are highly sensitive, they are like radars… often very musical, scientific. They have a different concept of time and are often gifted with a specific intelligence, they are self directed learners.

Monday October 10, 12.30pm, Session 2 – The Sensory Seeker: Working with authority figures in the public and school environment Many parents/guardians of these individuals discover, the standard parenting rules or boundaries in school do not apply or cannot resonate with the way their children or adolescent individuals think and act. The consequences of punishment do not deter their myopic will.

Tuesday October 11, 7pm, Session 3 – Siblings: How to best provide for Siblings of individuals with Cognitive Difference

Thursday October 13, 7pm, Session 4 – Relationships: A workshop for those in a relationship with a person who has cognitive difference.

Parents and Family – Koha
Organisations and Professional Practioners 
$50 for one session $80 for two sessions
$130 for three sessions $165 for four sessions
RSVP: to Susan Haldane , sue@mindovermanner.co.nz 0276658084 (txt only)

PLEASE NOTE: If this is your first time to Te Pou please allow yourself ample time to find the theatre. The address is Portage Road but the main entrance is from the back ca ark off Mc Whirter Place

We warmly thank The Fledgling Trust for its invaluable support.

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Arts for Well-being Forum

Changing Minds

Changing Minds in association with Planet FM/Framework Trust’s “Take it From Us” Radio Show and Toi Ora present: Stories of recovery using the arts. Come along and hear from speakers or join in the discussion – How does your involvement in performing, visual or other arts help with your recovery, and how do we use the arts to safely tell our stories.

Free event, but registration necessary. Registration details on the Changing Minds Eventbrite Page.

Lunch included for those who register.

http://www.eventbrite.co.nz/o/changing-minds-10813087454

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Mockingbird

Funny Business

Mockingbird explores the often neglected subject of mental health and in particular, post natal depression through the use of humour, mask and music. Based on a true story, Le Coq trained Lisa Brickell brings to life a family of characters from different generations. She is accompanied onstage by actor and musician Sara Macombee. 

PLEASE NOTE: Suitable for ages 15 and older.
Contains mature themes including suicide.
There will be a Q & A after the show.

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Caitlin Smith Workshop Series

Caitlin Smith is one of New Zealand’s best known jazz vocalists, regularly gifting us with her dulcet tones locally in Auckland and nationally.

For beginners to the experienced. Caitlin understands the holistic and tangible value music has for everyone’s well-being and joy, so instead of paying hundreds of dollars for the privilege, Caitlin is offering you this unique opportunity to come and feel the joy of connecting to your musicality with a KOHA!!!!

An artist and musician in her own right, Caitlin is a compassionate, perceptive vocal coach with a wealth of experience. Caitlin is gracing us with the opportunity to spend some time with her as she imparts her knowledge and gifts!

Friday October 14, 12.30pm-3pm
Vocal Workshop
• Dispelling myths about vocal production
• Understanding and applying rudimentary tools as a vocalist
• Vocal health
• What is connecting to the voice?
• Getting rid of blockages that may hinder you from connecting to your own voice
• Help to empower your own individual vocal journey

Saturday October 15, 10.30am-1pm
Song-Writing workshop
• Starting
• Finishing
• Re- connecting with your spark
• Creating a robust relationship with the creative process
• Honoring your own expression
• Over coming blocks

Get in quick as places are limited. Register your interest at atawhaiattepou@gmail.com

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Our Truth: Spoken Word Evening

Following on from Pūrerehua 2015, OUR TRUTH is a concept in community, creativity and comfort. If you’ve ever wanted to speak without fear, listen without prejudice or just learn more about Mental Health, then this is the event for you!

Only $10 at the door (no eftpos available)

OUR TRUTH is an evening of spoken word poetry and conversation. We welcome you to join with us in the poetic journeys of our performers, and engage in discussion around mental health. Open, warm and informative discussions will be encouraged in a safe, non-judgemental environment to accompany works 
Come for an evening of transformation as we break down stigma through to a more mentally healthy understanding, paying homage to our fallen warriors – and celebration!

ARTISTS INCLUDE:

Miriam Larsen-Barr
Michael Moore
Racheal Naomi
Caitlin Smith
Colleen Henry
Maddy O’Dwyer
Shane Hollands…and more!

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Black Dog Cabaret: Souls of Solidarity

Sharu Loves Hats in association with b.Terongopai.t

Te Pou Theatre will be filled with the voices of Auckland’s top singers this October for a one night only performance to cement the launch of a new initiative Whāriki Hauora (Wellbeing for Performers), which kicks off the annual Atawhai Festival. 

Presented by Sharu Loves Hats, in association with b.terongopai.t, Black Dog Relief: Souls of Solidarity Cabaret brings together various artists to raise funds for Whāriki Hauora, specifically being created to help support performers needing counselling. Artistes include Caitlin Smith, Adam Burrell (K Rd Strip), Borni Terongopai Tukiwaho (How to Murder Your Wife, Black Dog Relief Auckland 2015) and Alexandra Grice (Sweeney Todd, Addams Family and Hair) and is emceed by Nev aka Ascia Maybury (Step Dave I & II, Brokenwood Mysteries 3) accompanied by Mark Bradley (Evita). 

Black Dog Relief: Souls of Solidarity Cabaret, that closes the Atawhai Festival, follows on from the original Black Dog Relief charity events in Auckland and Wellington presented by Sharu Loves Hats, that raised over $8,500 for the Mental Health Foundation last year. 

Whāriki Hauora was formed from the collective concern of an industry that saw people in need not reaching out for help. A small representative steering group reached out to local professional mental health peer-support organisation, Mind and Body to set up a specialised service to help performers that may be struggling with a difficult time in their lives.

Whāriki Hauora steering group member and CEO of Changing Minds Taimi Allan says, “Working in the entertainment industry can be hard, we acknowledge the unique challenges performers have and are committed to treating the mental health of our peers seriously. 

“Through our partners in both the entertainment and mental health sectors Whāriki Hauora will be alongside you in your wellness journey, helping you plan for greater wellbeing and giving you practical support with your daily living until you get back on track and are able to live the life you want. Whether that be as simple as a cuppa with a “buddy” performer, or anonymous peer support counselling.”

A group of actors and other industry professionals who are determined to make well being a priority in the performing arts industry, including Taimi Allan, Hera Dunleavy, Rachel Nash, Cameron Rhodes and Boni Terongopai Tukiwaho, have been instrumental in setting up Whāriki Hauora to subsidise Peer Support sessions for performers. They will moderate the official Facebook page with Changing Minds’ support for mental health knowledge and administration costs, while Mind and Body administers the donations to the Whāriki Hauora fund, 100% of which goes directly to these Peer Support sessions.

Black Dog Relief: Souls of Solidarity Cabaret Producer Sharu Delilkan says: “It was evident that this was a worthy cause to hold another Black Dog Relief charity event, not only to continue raising mental health awareness by being part of the Atawhai Festival but also to show practical support of this new initiative through donating all proceeds from the show to Whāriki Hauora. We hope that this will help our fellow industry members have better access to counselling help that they may otherwise not be able to afford.”

Tickets: Shoretix, www.blackdog.shoretix.co.nz (Strictly Limited Door Sales) All proceeds donated to Whāriki Hauora

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Under the Same Moon

Arts on Tour

A new family comedy from Renee Liang.

“a simply staged, gentle one-woman play encompassing three generations…the warm heart of the play is Por-Por – canny, fun-loving, bent double.” NZ Herald 

Hong Kong matriarch Porpor Grace is invited to NZ for her granddaughter’s wedding. Well, not quite. Her surprise arrival, thousand-year-old eggs and all, throws more than a few spanners in the works. A comedy about daughters and their wayward mothers.

Written by Renee Liang, starring Hweiling Ow, directed by Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho, with lighting and sound design by Sam Mence and set design by Deborah McGuire.

Finalist for Best Play, SWANZ Awards 2015

Following a sellout season in Auckland and Wellington in 2015, and a nationwide tour in September 2016 with Arts On Tour NZ, Under The Same Moon returns to Auckland for ONE NIGHT ONLY. Be quick!!

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Proof

by David Auburn

 

David Auburn’s Proof is an elegant and compelling story of passion, genius, and family bonds.

After spending years caring for her genius but unstable father, Catherine is left alone to make sense of her life when he dies. When Catherine’s life starts to close in around her she’s forced to question is she inherited more than just her father’s mathematical brilliance?

When one of his graduate students discovers a groundbreaking proof among the professor’s notebooks, Catherine must face the legacy her father has left behind.

Directed by Chris Martin, Proof is a play about fathers and daughters, the power of ideas, and a family’s struggle to cope with the ongoing burden of mental illness.

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Riding in Cars with (Mostly Straight) Boys

Smoke Labours Productions

“I love you.

In a gay way.

Just so we’re clear.

I love you as a friend.

But also in a gay way.

I love you both ways.”

 

Kyle has crushes on straight guys. That’s his thing. But when one of his crushes confides in him, he has to confront the lifestyle that he’s created for himself.

Riding in Cars with (Mostly Straight) Boys is an award-winning play by Sam Brooks, which premiered at the New Zealand Fringe Festival in 2014 to rave reviews, has since been published by Playmarket, and is performed entirely in a car!

Using a simple rig of speakers and microphones, Riding in Cars with (Mostly Straight) Boys is performed to an audience who sit and stand around a car while the action unfolds in front of them; it’s a unique, lo-fi and immersive theatrical experience like no other.

 Starring Geordie Holibar (Shortland Street) and Tim Earl (The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time).

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AWA: Spoken Word Evening

Puāwai Festival 2016

Time is like a river: You cannot step into the same river twice because the flow of water in it is perpetually continuous. In other words, you can’t touch the same water the second time. As an analogy, time is a river. … River flows, so does time.

AWA: Spoken word evening is the space we negotiate from the past to the present. The artists will to speak to their negotiations of trials and celebrations from their own life experiences from where they have come from, where they see themselves now and where they would like to head towards.

Door sales – $10 CASH ONLY

 

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THE UPSIDE DOWN: Cabaret

Puāwai Festival 2016

 

Join b.Terongopai.t, Body Positive and Positive Women in celebrating World AIDS Day 2016.

The 1st of December is an evening to unite and celebrate our negotiations and challenges, and to acknowledge all that has been achieved so far. Join us for an evening of song and performance, featuring some of Auckland’s top singers for one night only!

The Upside Down is presented as part of Pūawai Festival 2016, at Te Pou Theatre 29 Nov – 3 Dec.  Check out our Facebook page for all event information! 

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NEIL THORNTON AND FRIENDS – AN EVENING OF COMEDY

Puāwai Festival 2016

 

Join b.Terongopai.t, Body Positive and Positive Women in celebrating World AIDS Day 2016.

A riotous night of comedy, helping to obliterate stigma as part of World Aids Day 2016.   Come join us for a night of laughter, joy and drinks as we share the joy whānau and friends! 

Neil Thornton and friends is presented as part of Pūawai Festival 2016, at Te Pou Theatre 29 Nov – 3 Dec.  Check out our Facebook page for all event information! 

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WHAKAPAPA: OPENING NIGHT

Puāwai Festival 2016

 

Join b.Terongopai.t, Body Positive and Positive Women in celebrating World AIDS Day 2016.

Join us for a night to celebrate overcoming our challenges and celebrate how far we have come with “WHAKAPAPA” – the opening night of b.Terongopai.t’s Pūawai Festival.

Opened by Ahakoa Te Aha and including entertainment from GALS Choir, the night is centered around a forum with MC Steven Oates and a forum with MC Steven Oates. Here from those lived experience – those people living with or working within a world with positive diagnoses. Featuring guest speakers Michael Bancroft, Judith Ackroyd, Faime Al-maery and Michael Parmenter, celebrate the momentous opening of the second annual Pūawai Festival by recognising where we’ve come from and revving up for the ongoing battle!

Doors open from 6.30pm. There will be food and drinks available on the night – Please note this is CASH ONLY.

Whakapapa, Awa, The Upside Down, and Neil Thornton and Friends are presented as part of Pūawai Festival 2016, at Te Pou Theatre 29 Nov – 3 Dec. Check out our Facebook page for all event information!

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WHAKAPAPA: OPENING NIGHT

Puāwai Festival 2016

 

Join b.Terongopai.t, Body Positive and Positive Women in celebrating World AIDS Day 2016.

Join us for a night to celebrate overcoming our challenges and celebrate how far we have come with “WHAKAPAPA” – the opening night of b.Terongopai.t’s Pūawai Festival.

Opened by Ahakoa Te Aha and including entertainment from GALS Choir, the night is centered around a forum with MC Steven Oates and a forum with MC Steven Oates. Here from those lived experience – those people living with or working within a world with positive diagnoses. Featuring guest speakers Michael Bancroft, Judith Ackroyd, Faime Al-maery and Michael Parmenter, celebrate the momentous opening of the second annual Pūawai Festival by recognising where we’ve come from and revving up for the ongoing battle!

Doors open from 6.30pm. There will be food and drinks available on the night – Please note this is CASH ONLY.

Whakapapa, Awa, The Upside Down, and Neil Thornton and Friends are presented as part of Pūawai Festival 2016, at Te Pou Theatre 29 Nov – 3 Dec. Check out our Facebook page for all event information!

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RANGATAHI SEASON

February-April 2017

Join us for our second annual Rangatahi Season – a season of work by Auckland emerging writers, producers, directors and actors. COMING SOON!!

Keep an eye out on our website for events, or see the Rangatahi Facebook Page for updates.

 

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LARGER THAN LIFE

Te Rēhia Theatre Company

Larger Than Life are back and bigger than ever!

Larger than Life were Ngaruawahia’s third-best children’s novelty act back in the 70’s and 80’s. Now they’re all grown up and ready for a comeback.

Travel back in time to small town Aotearoa, and join three hūpē nosed brothers, Te-Whakakotahitanga-o-Ngā-iwi-o-Te-Motu Boy-George Jackson, Te-Rua-Wairere-o-Ranginui-Kia-Papatuanuku Presley Jackson and Tuahangata Liberace Jackson, as they land the opportunity of a lifetime – opening for the legendary John Rowles in Wellington. All they have to do is get there and not screw it up! Come along as the boys take you on an adventure of epic proportions as they meet famous faces, Kiwi icons, wacky New Zealand characters and ultimately …. screw it all up.

From the makers of SolOthello and Hoki Mai Tama Mā, this nostalgic and hilarious play will transport you back to the golden days of Māori showbands and includes music from Prince Tui Teka, the Topp Twins, Tim Finn, and of course … John Rowles.

Written by Chris Rex Martin and Tainui Tukiwaho
Directed by Tainui Tukiwaho

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THE BLACK ORCHID PARADISA

Rina’s Cleaning Service Theatre Company

Written by Anjula Prakash

Producer Gary Hofman

 

A group of misfits including a barman, a cashier, two ghosts, and a God, recall stories of their past in a supernatural, fantastical, and music filled night.

The eclectic bunch resides in “The Village,” an old resort in Fiji abandoned during its development due to the coup d’etat of 1987. All that remains is a Backpackers and a painfully tacky faux Fijian village reminiscent of Gilligan’s Island and a club on a slow night. It is a tourist trap, a wasteland, and a goldmine for forgotten stories.


Rina’s Cleaning Service brings to you a development season of this new work based on real stories from the beating heart of Fiji. Through Fijian, Indian, and Western perspectives, the different facets of Fijian culture and
mythologies are explored in this poetic and imaginative new work.

The Black Orchid Paradisa is presented in association with Fringe Festival 2017 and as part Rangatahi Season at Te Pou 2017 – celebrating Auckland’s emerging artists.

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PARDON ME ALAN TURING

On the 24th December 2013, computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing was given a posthumous royal pardon. On the 25th May 1895, Oscar Wilde was convicted and sentenced to two years’ hard labour for the same crime: gross indecency. But where is his pardon? And where is the pardon for the other seventy-five thousand men convicted under the same law?

An eccentric Alan Turing, a flamboyant Oscar Wilde, and their modern day prince, meet across the centuries to ask those very questions. They are joined by a host of other colourful characters in this rollercoaster political comedy with bite, written by Stephen Lunt and directed by Patrick Graham.

The real question to be asked though, can the slate ever be truly wiped clean?

Pardon Me Alan Turing is presented in association with Fringe Festival 2017, Auckland Pride Festival and as part Rangatahi Season at Te Pou 2017 – celebrating Auckland’s emerging artists.

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ELEPHANTS/DUTY PRODUCTIONS

Two hard hitting plays explore poverties’ extremes

Poverty brings out the best and worst in people. Yet most people who regard themselves as comfortable or as well off tend to ignore the underprivileged,” ’says playwright Alan Williamson who wrote both ELEPHANTS and DUTY. “We don’t give them a thought. Yet, despite their poverty, it is often the poor that are forced to aid the poor.”

DUTY was inspired by a true wife beating incident says, Alan. “I wouldn’t have guessed anything was wrong in their marriage, but it seemed the incident wasn’t unique in their lives. Only fear kept her from leaving him.”

The original one-act play won the 1990 Shell One-act Play Award. In 2016 Alan teamed up with composer Roger Owen to turn DUTY into a more accessible piece of theatre, a mini-musical on domestic violence.

“In ELEPHANTS the poor feed off each other. How else can they survive?” argues Alan.

“In ELEPHANTS, a black comedy, we explore an incident where a down and out alcoholic conman, Lebe and his suicidal sidekick, Peter exploit a poor immigrant, Kofka into sharing a simple, hard earned meal and his valued bottle of sherry. The title ELEPHANTS comes from a joke told by Lebe about a juggler who fell between two elephants – squish, squish.”

DUTY, a tragic tale of battered woman Rita’s whose abuse was ignored by friends and neighbours, and who was even advised to get her act together by an older acquaintance and do her duty to her man if she doesn’t want being beaten up.

Rita’s social worker, already swamped with case files tells her to call police if her ex-husband comes round. But Rita says “…what good would it do.” Every time he gets out of prison  he finds her and beats her within an inch of her life…”

“These two plays highlight New Zealand’s inability to cope with the ongoing issues of poverty and violence currently highlighted by the media, but generally ignored when the political spotlight isn’t focused on the problem. Perhaps these plays can make a difference,” says Alan.

DUTY is directed by Chris Rex, ELEPHANTS by Alan Williamson. Both plays perform at the Te Pou Theatre’s Rangatahi 2017 Festival on March 6 to 12.

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E KORE A MURI E HOKIA 

Translation and Adaptation of Mo & Jess Kill Suzie by Gary Henderson
Translated by Ani-Piki Tuari with Hania Douglas, Te Aorere Pewhairangi, Tawroa Kawana   

Welcome to the unveiling of our newest Te Reo Maori play E KORE A MURI E HOKIA the Te Reo Maori translation and adaptation of New Zealand writer Gary Henderson’s popular thriller Mo & Jess Kil Suzie.  

Three women,
Two guns,
One room,
No way out …
Two armed Maori women, one calm and resolute, the other restless and volatile, wait with their bound, gagged and unconscious captive, in the washroom of an empty building.
Mo & Jess Kill Susie is a tense, claustrophobic hostage drama.

Ruia Taitea Creative will be touring this show throughout Northland and Auckland over 2017.  Join us for a kai and a korero after the reading to help us further develop this kaupapa.  

 

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Rex Munro Productions presents – The Dumb Waiter

A dark windowless room.

Two men and little else.

One is calm and self-assured, the other – erratic and impatient.

They wait…

A humorous and provocative story of two hit men as they wait in a windowless basement for their next assignment.

Harold Pinter’s classic play starring Nicol Munro (from hit N.Z film ‘The Catch’) and Chris Rex

 

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Te Rehia Theatre Company Presents –

Hair Today

The 80’s are turning into the 90’s. Supermodels are on the rise worldwide, hairdressers are the new superheroes of the fashion world and Rotorua is New Zealand’s stylist capital!

A one man, audience participation show that will make you a fly on the salon wall, following the journey of a young man through friendship, life and huge hair! 

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Navi Collaborative and Chocolate Lantern Theatre Company, present –

Snot Gobbler

Gornistoccle, Kvetchacolli, Schlamelmanella, Tukishtollitis and Scmoozlavitis! Whatever could these be!?! Just some real bad viruses that can give you the Sweezes.”

The Snot-Gobbler is a magical, witty, linguistic, SLIME covered story encompassing the oft-avoided conversation about children and families coping with serious illness and loss. Gotten-Gitten Von Schnauzelburger is a man made miserable by the grief of having lost the love of his life, Mary. His sadness is so great that he begins to find the joy and laughter of others, especially children, unbearable. With the unwitting help of the son he created, Robot Boy, Gotten-Gitten turns his intelligence to making viruses that produce large amounts of snot so that his Snot-Gobbler can then wipe the smiles off children’s faces.

One day Gotten-Gitten and the Snot-Gobbler wipe the smile from Jasper Petal, brother of Rosie. But he has chosen the wrong family this time. Rosie is tough and determined. Aided by her sidekick Tarantula (an old, wise spider), Rosie goes on a quest to save the world from it excess of slime and misery and find her brothers lost smile…

 

Created by Nicci Reuben and Ross Goffin and playing as part of Te Pou’s 2017 Rangatahi Season, THE SNOT-GOBBLER is a darkly imaginative children’s show where you can expect ooldles of snot and sloppy, gloop covered fun and comedy,

 

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MO & JESS KILL SUSIE – E KORE A MURI E HOKIA 

Te Reo Māori season of Mo & Jess Kill Susie by Gary Henderson
Translated by Ani-Piki Tuari with Hania Douglas, Te Aorere Pewhairangi, Tawaroa Kawana   
Contains violence and heaps of swear words

E toru ngā wahine
E rua ngā pū
He ruma
E kore a muri e hokia
He whakaari mōhukihuki, whakatō āmaimai, whakarau tangata hoki a Mo & Jess kill Suzie.  Kua raungaiti tētahi tokorua Māori ki tētahi ruma kua mahue moruka nei, kua mauhere hoki rāua i tētahi pirihimana Pākeha mo te tūpono he rautaki pai tēnei hai taunaki i tētahi porotēhi kaikoka.  Whakatata mai, whakapiri mai kia kite, kia rongo hoki koe ka aha rāua me te tangata kua mauherea.  

Three women,
Two guns,
One room,
No way out …
Two armed Maori women, one calm and resolute, the other restless and volatile, wait with their bound, gagged and unconscious captive, in the washroom of an empty building.  Mo & Jess Kill Susie is a tense, claustrophobic hostage drama.

Kaiwhakaari (Actors): Ani-Piki Tuari, Ascia Maybury, Krystal Lee Brown,
Kaitohu (Director): Tainui Tukiwaho
Image credit: Andi Crown Photography

Ruia Taitea Creative also will be touring this show to
Whangarei ONEONESIX Wednesday 3 – Friday 5 May 2017
Kaitaia Te Ahu Centre Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th May 2017.  

Contact us for more information info@tepoutheatre.nz 

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MO & JESS KILL SUSIE – E KORE A MURI E HOKIA 

Te Reo Māori season of Mo & Jess Kill Susie by Gary Henderson
Translated by Ani-Piki Tuari with Hania Douglas, Te Aorere Pewhairangi, Tawaroa Kawana   
Contains violence and heaps of swear words

E toru ngā wahine
E rua ngā pū
He ruma
E kore a muri e hokia
He whakaari mōhukihuki, whakatō āmaimai, whakarau tangata hoki a Mo & Jess kill Suzie.  Kua raungaiti tētahi tokorua Māori ki tētahi ruma kua mahue moruka nei, kua mauhere hoki rāua i tētahi pirihimana Pākeha mo te tūpono he rautaki pai tēnei hai taunaki i tētahi porotēhi kaikoka.  Whakatata mai, whakapiri mai kia kite, kia rongo hoki koe ka aha rāua me te tangata kua mauherea.  

Three women,
Two guns,
One room,
No way out …
Two armed Maori women, one calm and resolute, the other restless and volatile, wait with their bound, gagged and unconscious captive, in the washroom of an empty building.  Mo & Jess Kill Susie is a tense, claustrophobic hostage drama.

Kaiwhakaari (Actors): Ani-Piki Tuari, Ascia Maybury, Krystal Lee Brown,
Kaitohu (Director): Tainui Tukiwaho
Image credit: Andi Crown Photography

Ruia Taitea Creative also will be touring this show to
Whangarei ONEONESIX Wednesday 3 – Friday 5 May 2017
Kaitaia Te Ahu Centre Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th May 2017.  

Contact us for more information info@tepoutheatre.nz 

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Hobson Street Theatre Company presents-

Superheroes

Not all heroes wear capes. What does it mean to be a superhero in the 21st century, when most people don’t need saving from burning buildings but might need saving from themselves or other people? 
 
The Hobson Street Theatre Company is based at the Auckland City Mission and they have been telling their stories for the past seven years. Each year they look at tackling a new aspect of performance and this year they would like to introduce you to the development of their first member-led devised piece. The stories they tell are conceived and directed by the members of the group
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 Matariki Wānanga Series

 

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A fun family performance of short works by The New Zealand Dance Company and the Youth Winter School dancers

Safe Place to be Brave is a performance celebrating and culminating a week of Youth Winter School students learning from professional dancers of The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC), led by Chrissy Kokiri (Te Arawa). A combination of short works by Samoan, Pakeha and Chinese choreographers, including NZDC’s Xin Ji, will be showcased by both the professional dancers and the students as they share the stage in an evening of fun for the whole family. Try not to laugh out loud or bounce in your seats to the music and dance, we dare you! 

One night only – Get your tickets here!

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 Ruia Te Kākano – Ngā Maunga Kohu

Te Rēhia Theatre Company

 

Join our hero Mia and her feathered friends as they go on a whirlwind journey from Aotearoa to the misty mountains of Venezuela saving animals and battling cheeky creatures.     
Don’t miss this fun-filled mask show that teaches tamariki te reo Māori!

Get your tickets from iTicket!

 

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 La Vie Dans Une Marionette

White Face Crew

 

ONE NIGHT ONLY!
White Face Crew are bringing charming wee show “La Vie Dans Une Marionette” to Te Pou before we jet off to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – come join us for a warm evening of laughs & jovial joy, and help send us off!

Fun in the foyer for pre-show drinks and nibbles with our French usher extraordinaire Jarod Rawiri from 6.30pm, then catch the show at 7pm with our super new cast Nikki Bennett and Chris Ofanoa joining show co-creator Tama Jarman.

“Superb … Marvellous … Sublime … So good! … Absolute joy … World class” Theatreview

La Vie Dans Une Marionette is a whimsical story of a Pianist and his Puppet that’s packed full of hilarious moments and surprises. White Face Crew combine physical theatre, dance, clown and mischief to bring to life the tale of a lonely pianist and the puppet he buys to keep him company. Fun for the whole family!

Created by Tama Jarman, Justin Haiu and Jarod Rawiri
Performed by Tama Jarman, Chris Ofanoa and Nikki Bennett

“contagious joy about the performances …..little gem of a show” Australian Arts Review

LA VIE DANS UNE MARIONETTE plays
Sun 9 July
Te Pou – one night only special fundraiser whanau performance
Tickets $25/$12.50

Presented by Betsy & Mana Productions
Thanks to Creative NZ, Te Pou and all our friends!
Photo: Olivia Coote

Donate to our Boosted campaign here:
http://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/white-face-crew-on-tour-to-edinburgh

 

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 Withstand

West Side Tales Youth Theatre Company

16 year old Misi Master’s is on trial, he has been accused for underage sexual activity without consent…

A year has passed since Nanny Master’s funeral and neither of her children and mokopuna (grandchildren) is in contact with each other. Nanny’s funeral was the last time the Masters family were together under 1 roof. After the funeral, family secrets were exposed, lies were told, words were spoken out of context and anger, this affected the whole family deeply, causing sides to be chosen and family members going their own way. For Misi’s trial the mokopuna reconnect and bring their family together to support their cousin.

Throughout this 3 week trial we have an insight to this nation-wide case. True feelings will be revealed and the bond of cousins will be tested. “We all do it! We all judge. What? It’s different now because it is family?” … Charity Master’s

Tuesday 18-Friday 21 July, 7pm

Tickets from iTicket

 

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 Te Waka Huia

by Naomi Bartley

“There’s no place like home.  But if everyone leaves and the place is empty . . . is it still home then?”

Te Waka Huia is a play inspired by the 1963 Brynderwyn bus crash.  It is a fictional tribute to those who died in NZ’s worst road accident, and to those who have lived with the loss ever since.

The play takes place in the present day.  Pahi – accompanied by his ghosts –  is the sometime resident of a derelict bus in an abandoned paddock on the outskirts of small town Helensville.  When two teenagers move in, drawn by their own sense of homelessness, Pahi’s tangled worlds of past and present collide.  As his secrets unravel, and the threat of losing the bus becomes clear, the three discover a truth: whatever it looks like, home is worth fighting for.

Thursday 17-Saturday 19 August, 8pm

Tickets from iTicket

 

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 Interoception

Apricity Theatre Company

You are a murderer, and your mind can’t deal with it.

Interoception – Look It Up, an immersive theatre experience in development with Te Pou Theatre. It is an artistic exploration of a mind dealing with PTSD. Come experience Tara’s overwhelmed brain in all of its complexities via Dance, Mixed Media, Installation art Spoken Word, Stand Up, Story Telling and a little bit of Science.

Trust us: This unprecedented transformation of Te Pou will offer something for everyone. Join us in this unique and riveting exploration of the human consciousness.

3-12 August, 8pm

Tickets from iTicket

 

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 Tuhi Tika

Writing Workshops with Albert Belz

A two-day Master class programme presented by award winning playwright Albert Belz. Sessions will also include Q&A forums and a chance to develop your idea one on one with an award-winning playwright. 

Session One: Sunday 3 September 10am-4pm
Session Two: Sunday 17 September 10am-4pm

To book your place in this workshop, please contact info@tepoutheatre.nz. 

$120 for the two-day workshop

 

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 Whakarongo Mai

New Māori Theatre Readings

Readings of the works developed in the Kōanga Festival programme with local and international dramaturg work shopping. Double Bill performances with two new works on show each night. Join us for a kai and korero as we celebrate these new Māori playwrights.

PART ONE – Sept 6, 6.30pm
Featuring:
“Provocation” by Aroha Awarau
Directed by Jennifer Ward-Lealand

“Little Black Bitch” by Jason Te Mete
Directed by Matu Ngaropo

PART TWO  – Sept 13, 6.30pm

Featuring:

“Te Papakāinga” by Maraea Rakuraku

Directed by Tainui Tukiwaho

 

“Reorua Christmas Show” by Krystal-Lee Brown

Directed by Tainui Tukiwaho

Tickets $10 from iTicket.

 

 

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 Peter Paka Paratene

Te Rēhia Theatre Company

PETER PAKA PARATENE – Ask Me Anything. A night of story, song and verse with world renowned performer Rawiri Paratene.

Rāwiri Paratene takes to the stage for his first ever one man show…. accompanied by three other people! Paratene has been referred to as a national treasure but more often a cheeky bugger; This show will give the audience an opportunity to get to know him more intimately as he shares yarns and works (some of his own; others of his choosing). He and his musical mates “The Flash Fullas” invite us to look through the round window at his life as an actor an activist; a koro and a naughty taurekareka! 

*** Auckland Premiere***
Kōanga Festival 2017 and Te Rēhia Theatre Company brings you Rawiri Paratene’s first ever solo show 7 – 9 September 2017 7.30pm
Tickets just $20 – $25 https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2017/sep/peter-paka-paratene 

 

 

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Whānau Day 2017

in association with Going West Festival

A FREE fun filled day celebrating storytelling from around the globe with theatre performances, story readings, face painting, market stalls, childrens games and competitions. Nau mai haere mai! 

Featuring:

-White Face Crew

-Makersphere

-Eco-matters

-Mama’s Hangi

-Ruia Te Kākano

-Sau e Siva West

…and HEAPS more!

 

 

 

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The Māori Sidesteps

Tikapa Productions in association with Going West Festival

***LIVE IN AUCKLAND FOR THE FIRST TIME***
Going West and Te Pou are bringing the #FUNTANGA to Tāmaki Makaurau this Kōanga with the bad boys of Māori showbands The Māori Side Steps! 

Following an outstanding sold out Wellington Season, Going West Books and Writers Festival is proud to present, in partnership with Kōanga Festival 2017 at TE POU – Auckland’s Māori Home of Theatre, the Auckland premiere of the highly contemporary and slightly naughty Māori Show Band – The Māori Sidesteps! 

Inspired by the humour and music of Prince Tui Teka, Billy T James and also their contemporaries The Modern Māori Quartet. The Māori Side steps will present music that is fun, witty, satirical with a sing a long flavour fused with character comedy and hilarious banter when five friends embark on a journey to live their Maori show band dream. 

Tikapa Productions brought together the talents of Cohen Holloway (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Boy) Jamie McCaskill (Modern Maori Quartet), Rob Mokaraka (Shot Bro, Tama Tu), Jerome Leota (Naked Samoans) and Erroll Anderson (Ghost in the Shell) to successfully create a contemporary Maori Showband with skits, charm and funny songs to entertain in a fresh style that took Maori entertainers around the world in the 60’s and 70’s.

Join us for a night of healthy hilarious humour – it’s got to be good for you! Nau mai haere mai ki te #FUNTANGA!

14 – 17 SEPTEMBER 7PM @ TE POU 
Tix just $20 – $25: https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2017/sep/the-maori-sidesteps 

 

 

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Kororāreka – The Ballad of Maggie Flynn

Red Leap in association with Going West Festival

A bare bones rendition that takes you to the heart of Maggie’s story!

There’s a tale in my bones, fighting to be told”

Maggie Flynn, a fiery and unforgettable Irish woman leaves England a convict and arrives in Kororāreka the captain of a whaling ship. Her fortune continues to twist and turn from trophy Māori slave to wife of a great chief to Madam of the notorious King Edward Hotel. She makes her final stand in the face of British bombardment, her legacy burning and her legend unspoken.

Kororāreka – The Ballad of Maggie Flynn takes us from wretched beginnings in old London town to the lawless outpost of Kororāreka (Russell), for a brief moment New Zealand’s capital in the era of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Maggie’s legend is reimagined with the story telling skill of Paolo Rotondo and the visual flair of Red Leap.

Red Leap Theatre is New Zealand’s leading movement and image based theatre company under the Artistic Direction of Julie Nolan.

This production of Kororāreka – The Ballad of Maggie Flynn has been specially restaged for Te Pou Theatre giving the audience a rare chance to get up close to the story and the actors.

Post Show Forum with playwright Paolo Rotondo | Friday 22 and Saturday 23 September

Tickets from iTicket

 

 

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World Tour of Tāmaki Makaurau

Frickin Dangerous Bro’s

What happens when a Fillipino, Iranian/Pakistani and Māori comedian join forces and perform some of their all-time favourite sketches? You get Frickin Dangerous Bro’s World Tour of Tāmaki Makaurau, that’s what!

Fan of our sketches? Seen us on TV? Well we’re are hitting the road and bringing our show out West, with the help of the Auckland Diversity Project Fund.

Make sure you stick around after the show as we will be doing a short meet and greet to get some feedback, so come grab a selfie and say hi!

Show start: 7:30pm (60 min)
15+ (unless with Parents or Guardian)

Ticket’s from iTicket

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Hinepau

Takirua and Capital E

Taki Rua and Capital E present an entirely free te reo Māori children’s play at TE POU – Auckland’s Māori Home of Theatre this September.

Hinepau doesn’t seem to fit in with her hapū. Her hair is bright red, her eyes are deep green, and all her weaving is inside out and back to front.

Though she tries to hide her differences, her tribe decide Hinepau must be a witch, and send her to live alone in the forest. But when disaster strikes the village, Hinepau may just be the only one who can save them.

Hinepau is adapted from a classic children’s book written by Gavin Bishop and first published in 1993. The 2017 production uses te reo Māori-speaking actors to present a mythical story about respecting your environment and staying true to yourself.

After successful 2005, 2008 and 2016 seasons of Hinepau, Capital E have joined forces with Taki Rua to present a te reo Māori adaptation in 2017.

The tour will perform at schools, kura and community venues nationwide over term three as part of our Te Reo Māori Season.

*Tickets not required – simply arrive at Te Pou a little before 2pm to secure your spot*

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Anxious to Meet You

Presented by Self-Deprecating Eclecticism

TICKETS ON SALE NOW:
https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2017/oct/anxious-to-meet-you

After a SOLD OUT run in the 2017 NZ International Comedy Festival – Ashton Brown returns with his critically praised one man show ANXIOUS TO MEET YOU for 2 nights only!

ANXIOUS TO MEET YOU is an adventure through Ashton’s life of anxiety, ADHD, depression and OCD. Using character sketch, stand up comedy, spoken word and ridiculous stories, Ashton brings the conversation of mental health centre stage. This (sometimes disturbingly) honest work is as touching as it is hilarious. 

Directed by Ben Moore.
Recommended for ages 16 and over.

The show is being performed as part of ATAWHAI (to show kindness, caring) which is a festival created to help in response to the need for education around suicide prevention, to raise awareness of issues that affect our mental health and wellbeing, to destigmatise mental health and addiction problems.

Thursday 12th October & Friday 13th October at Te Pou Theatre in New Lynn. 

“Swinging between the profane the profound, Anxious to meet you is very, very funny.” – Time George (Theatrescenes)

“F**king outstanding! I was in fits of laughter. Funniest stand up I have seen at the festival.” – Dan Webby (Producer Jono & Ben on The Edge)

“Successful confronting of anxiety for therapeutic laughs” – Nick Smythe (Theatreview)

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Atawhai Festival

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Atawahi celebrates its third year with a month long festival of education, celebrating overcoming obstacles and negotiating challenges in acknowledgement of Mental Health Awareness Week 2017.

For event details, check out their Facebook page here or email Borni at bterongopait@gmail.com.

 

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