"There was an old man who lived on the edge of the world and he had a horse called Sydney Bridge Upside Down. He was a scar-faced old man and his horse was a slow-moving bag of bones, and I start with this man and his horse because they were there for all the terrible happenings up the coast that summer, always somewhere around."
Set in Calliope Bay, the mythic place from our childhoods, where self-discovery plants its earliest and most potent seeds. Sydney Bridge Upside Down is an adolescent memory of when we begin to live in the twilight hours between night and day. Dreams become nightmares, friends become foes; things no longer seem to make sense as they once did. At the edge of the world a young boy tests the boundaries of his physical and psychological environment with devastating consequences. Sydney Bridge Upside Down – a sinister love story, a darkly comic coming-of-age fable told from the perspective of a deteriorating mind.
Taki Rua Production’s adaptation of David Ballantyne’s classic novel will be theatrical morbidity at its very best.
20 years after it burst onto the stages of the world, writer John Broughton’s iconic piece of Kiwi theatre returns for its Festival encore.
Michael James Manaia is a poignant story about a New Zealand man who, after returning from the Vietnam War, finds himself at odds with his culture, his history and his memories. Packed full of dynamic theatrical action and colourful characters, we follow his journey through childhood, family, love, grief, violence, conflict and passion.
After premiering at Wellington’s Downstage Theatre in 1991, this heart-wrenching One-man show went on to the Edinburgh Festival and celebrated performances across the globe. Directed by Nathaniel Lees and starring Te Kohe Tuhaka in the title role, this new vision of the story crosses the generations.
Celebrating our 16th year of touring total immersion Māori theatre to audiences throughout Aotearoa, Taki Rua Productions proudly presents the 2011 Te Reo Māori Season. Karapinepine draws on the life of a prophet from our past in order to look at the way we live today. It asks “Is there a prophet in each of us? What forces shape the path we follow in this life?”
From the Director, Ngapaki Emery
“Karapinepine is the action of gathering or drawing in close. The seeds for this work began with me drawing in on my curiosity around prophecy, superheroes and faith. Karapinepine was devised and is therefore made by the company. After selecting the three actors from auditions in Auckland and Wellington, we held our first workshop in Manutuke. Here we explored the purpose of the Te Reo Māori Season and the actors presented their research & making tasks for Karapinepine. From this week long gathering the actors left and as a company we continued to build the content, style, and costume design for the show. A month later we regrouped in Wellington and began the five week rehearsal period, it was during this time after ongoing collection of material that the structure and form of the show emerged.”
Where do we stand as young people in the community? Who do we follow now all the old people have left?
At the foot of the Urewera ranges lies Awhi Tapu - a desolate forestry ghost town; with the forestry industry closed down most of the inhabitants have left. Wendyl, Sonny, Casper and Girl Girl have only each other and their fertile imaginations to rely on.
This is a story of loss, belonging, but most of all, friendship; it heralds a new wave of writing around Maori issues and characters; direct, unsentimental and challenging.
'Awhi Tapu is about reconciliation, it's about overcoming great loss to discover all that really matters are those who we love most.' - Albert Belz
Italy, 1944: a battle torn-theatre of the Second World War. The allied onslaught stalls at Monte Cassino and the 28th Māori Battalion find themselves centre stage. A young Māori soldier goes out to steal food; an Italian takes cover in a stable. Both find themselves trapped in a potentially deadly stand-off, but with Germans just outside, their survival depends on co-operation.
Combining live music with drama, comedy and performed in Māori, Italian and English, Strange Resting Places shines a light on the complex emotional bonds of New Zealand’s wartime history and the three universals that Māori shared with the Italians: whanau (family), kai (food) and waiata (song) – not to mention wily cunning, a love of vino and a passion for the ladies. Strange Resting Places is theatre crafted from extensive research, contemporary storytelling and personal experience.
Celebrating our 15th year of touring total immersion Māori theatre throughout Aotearoa, Taki Rua Productions proudly presents our newest whakaari Matapihi ki te ao.
Four performers weave their stories together to shape a show that explores the theme of journey. Journeys we take both inside and outside ourselves in order to seek new horizons. Inspired by the stories of our tipuna, our environments and our imaginations Matapihi ki te ao takes a look at our need to follow our passion, look out for tohu along the way, and the different windows we all look out of at the world.
“Ko au te awa, Ko te awa ko au”
“I am the river, The river is me”
-Whakatauki/ Proverb from iwi of the Whanganui region
Inspired by true events! Mark Twain & Me in Māoriland weaves historical fact with magical realism in an epic, bullet-ridden, tale set amidst the waterways of the Whanganui region 1895; a combustible time of mercenaries, vaudeville and self serving mayoralty.
Mark Twain’s Australasian lecture tour comes to a halt when the outspoken writer incurs the wrath of the local English establishment due to his shocking pronouncement that a local monument - honouring Kupapa Māori loyal to the English cause - be blown up as it encourages Natives to become traitors to their own race; and that the Rebel Māori, slandered as barbarians and fanatics, were in fact the true patriots. But with Māori on both sides of the battle, historical truth is far from black and white.
Filled with live music, comedy and tragedy, this is another theatrical stick of dynamite from the award winning producers of Strange Resting Places and Te Karakia.