The Mainstage and The Forge
O le ala ile pule, o le tautua – The pathway to leadership is to serve
Becoming the Chief of the aiga (family) is a great honour with even greater responsibility – one that Lui is struggling to take on as he questions the relevance of Samoan culture in New Zealand.
Becoming a Matai is not an honour Lui wants. He was raised in New Zealand but must learn the value of his Samoan roots. Matai explores one young man’s journey to find a balance between traditional and modern life.
It’s been a while since Poppa, Pat and Mick have seen Stu. He’s been absent from the local working men’s club since Stu wrote off the new boat he spent his life savings on and landed himself in a wheelchair.
Reunited, the men seize the opportunity to enter the local fishing competition to win Stu a replacement boat. All they have to do is catch the biggest fish. Easy, right? Well not if you have no fishing skills whatsoever, nor the actual means to catch the fish.
This hilarious new comedy from award-winning playwright Jamie McCaskill takes a look at a bunch of hard-as-nails Māori and Pakeha men navigating life in small-town Aoteoroa.