The Mainstage and The Forge
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.
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.