The searing work from acclaimed playwright Hone Kouka that’s part compelling urban thriller, part unflinching social commentary.
Eight lives and three worlds collide in this urgent, thought-provoking play, a story of life and death. After a child is found dead, a hotshot lawyer is dragged into the case to defend the demonised mother. As the whānau close ranks, the question of who killed the baby and whose prejudice is exposed is brought provocatively to the surface.
Hone Kouka (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kahungunu) is behind such awardwinning plays as Ngā Tangata Toa, Waiora: Te-ū-kai-pō (The Homeland), Tū + I, George Nepia. He credits his mother for challenging him to write his latest, Bless the Child; to begin a korero around the responsibility of whānau and people to protect all children.
Bless The Child features Carrie Green, Moana Ete, Regan Taylor, Ani-Piki Tuari, Scotty Cotter, Maia Diamond, Shania Bailey-Edmonds and Lionel Wellington.
Directed by Mīria George and featuring design Mark McEntyre, Natasha James, Te Aihe Butler & Cara Louise Waretini; waiata and haka composed by Hōhepa Waitoa; additional music by K*Saba; and set dressing by Wai Mihinui.
This passionately realised play, told through an eloquent Māori lens, confronts the hard truths of our shared humanity.
Contains nudity, strong language + violence.
World Premiere Season co-produced by the New Zealand Festival, Auckland Arts Festival + Tawata Productions in 2018.
Image by Matt Grace featuring Carrie Green.