Manawa: Contemporary NZ Theatre comes to the Bay

By | June 21, 2013

Hot on the heals of our marketing for next week’s production of Wolf Boy and 100, is an exciting opportunity for Hawke’s Bay people to experience quality contemporary Kiwi theatre written by and starring one of New Zealand’s foremost young playwrights and performers, Jamie McCaskill, in association with his recently formed Maori theatre company: Tikapa Productions.

Manawa is set in a prison cell where two criminals are thrust together for two very different crimes – Jamie plays Jimmy King, inside for some time, having been convicted as the youngest murderer in New Zealand history. Mau Vaiaga is a recent immigrant from Samoa who finds himself banged up for unwittingly killing and eating a native New Zealand bird. The two strike up an unlikely friendship and together fight their way through the judicial system.

HaBYT has teamed up with Theatre Enterprises to bring this fantastic production to Hawke’s Bay. Ken first saw it performed during a visit to Auckland last year, then we both travelled down to Centrepoint in Palmerston North in March to see the play and chat to Jamie about bringing it over our way.
Watching the play at the same time as us at Centrepoint was a contingent of 55 NCEA Drama students from Fielding High School. We chatted to some of them too and they were all blown away by the themes and the production that we knew it would be perfect for secondary students here at home. This was an opportunity not to be missed, especially as there were workshops on offer too by Jamie and Kali (his partner who is also an actor in the show) in both drama and music, to suit the needs of the students!

The show worked so well in a studio space, and we were lucky to secure the wonderful 200 seater auditorium at Havelock High School for the show which will run from 7-10 August at 8pm. Students and Unwaged can see the show for just $10 so it is so very accessible to a broad community audience.

Tickets are available from three outlets: Napier- Beattie & Forbes, Hastings Community Arts Centre and Janeff Books in Havelock North.

Check out the review below to find out more. Theatreview

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