| FEBRUARY – MARCH 2018 |
A searing new work from acclaimed playwright Hone Kouka thats part compelling urban thriller, part unflinching social commentary.
Eight lives + three worlds collide in this urgent, thought-provoking play a story of life + 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 + 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 + 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 + Lionel Wellington.
Directed by Mīria George + featuring design Mark McEntyre, Natasha James, Te Aihe Butler + Cara Louise Waretini, waiata + haka composed by Hohepa Waitoa, additional music by K*Saba with 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.
Image by Matt Grace.
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