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Tawata Productions is a Māori and Kuki ‘Āirani creative company based in Te Ūpoko-o-te-ika-a-Maui – Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Specialising in the rigorous development and presentation of theatre, Tawata blurs the lines between text, movement and image presenting a dynamic performance experience from Aotearoa to the world beyond.

Big Hair, Don’t Care At The Table launches Tawata’s season. A robust conversation, led by Mīria George, with women who create theatre in Aotearoa New Zealand. Calling together playwrights, theatre directors and producers from across the motu – At The Table will film and document landmark conversations, a state of the creative and cultural nation, through the playwrights, directors and producers who are currently working in the industry.

Ngā Whakaaro Huritāo is a collection of new writing by invited Tawata artists. Featuring directors, actors, production managers, designers, festival directors – 20 artists who have worked with Tawata Productions from between 2004 – 2019. Season One & Two are online now! What does it look like? 1000 words from each artist connected to a specific work from Tawata’s back catalogue.

In June 2020, Tawata presents the annual season of international playwriting festival, Breaking Ground, an artist development programme that champions new writing from Māori, Pasifika & Indigenous playwrights from across the country & around the world.

Tawata and Mahi Mahi Productions reunite to embark on a South Island tour with Henare a story inspired by renowned Ngāti Porou composer Henare Waitoa. A play created by his two of his mokopuna, award winning playwright Hōhepa Waitoa and multi-award winning artist and director Hone Kouka.

This year our performance installation Fire In The Water, Fire In The Sky will be filmed as part of Tawata’s digital series.

Tawata Productions has performed in national and international festivals throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the South Pacific, and the Hawai’ian Islands.

New writing is their “life-blood” and writers their “soul, conscience and heart.” They honour the fundamental purpose of theatre in any healthy society.  THEATREVIEW

Image by The Raro Dog.