The Mainstage and The Forge
Ē Toru will support the creation of new work by Māori and Pasifika artists by inviting and enabling them to tell their stories on stage at The Court Theatre.
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.
There was a time when playing video games meant you had to leave the house. The sounds of Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Galaga called as you pushed forward on your BMX. The coins in your pocket jangled as you pulled up outside the arcade, ready to beat the latest high scores.
It’s 1983, and young Hemi ‘Jimmy’ Te Rehua knows how to dominate the games at the Whakatāne Astrocade Amusement Parlour. Too smart for his own good, Jimmy has a knack for trouble. A computer whiz who snoozes through school, Jimmy is about to be given an education of a different sort when his mischief finds him working for the grouchy Astrocade owner, Mr Macrae.
It’s easy for Jimmy to work out the patterns of Mr Macrae’s video games but it isn’t quite so simple working out the formula for growing up. A uniquely Kiwi coming-of-age story, Astroman is full of heart, Michael Jackson dance moves and a giant dollop of ‘80s nostalgia.
Ē TORU 2018
Three Māori and Pasifika companies from Ōtautahi each present an evening of compelling and essential works in progress. Each night, a new and unique piece will meet an audience for the first time. Be part of their creation.
HE KURA KŌRERO
“Ko te reo kia tika, ko te reo kia rere, ko te reo kia Māori!”
Kaiarahi is fun, bright and strong, but sometimes struggles with being brave. Join Kaiarahi’s adventure to find the courage to speak Te Reo Māori. Be a part of the exciting journey and delve into magical worlds through language.
He Kura Kōrero inspires young people to be bold and brave when using Te Reo Māori in their everyday life, whether they know a little or a lot.
He Kura Kōrero is a new bilingual tale of wonder and delight from the same creative team that brought you Māui me te Rā, Matariki – The Little Eyes in the Sky and Matatihi – Maia’s Journey of Bravery. This stunning performance explores Te Reo Māori through live music, puppetry, kapa haka, song and storytelling.