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“ILBIJERRI exudes a defiant sense of honesty and a clear determination to create change through story”

— Broadsheet Melbourne 

When Māori corporate hotshot Hera and Aboriginal consultancy entrepreneur Kane locked eyes at a Cultural Awareness session, it was love at first sight. Ambitious and career focused, Kane and Hera now have their perfect future all mapped out. But there is one thing they can’t control … their families!

As the biggest mob of Aunties, Uncles and cousins from both sides of the ditch get worked up for the biggest, brownest wedding ever, reality is sinking in. Fast. Will this international love story bring two strong cultures together? Or will it blow Hera and Kane’s world apart? Created by a bold and brilliant team of Māori, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, BLACK TIES is a hilarious and heart-warming immersive theatre experience where you’re the guest of honour on the big day.

With a live band pumping out all your party favourites and wedding classics, you’ll leave sure that the power of love can unite all people – for better or worse. Nau mai, piki mai, grab your bow tie!


Written by
John Harvey and Tainui Tukiwaho

Directed by
Rachael Maza and Tainui Tukiwaho

There is a free pre-show talk for this event on Thursday 5 March at 7pm, at Shed 6.

BLACK TIES was commissioned by AsiaTOPA, a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne; and has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Sydney Festival, Perth Festival, New Zealand Festival of the Arts, Auckland Festival, AsiaTOPA Festival and Brisbane Festival. BLACK TIES is also supported by Creative New Zealand. ILBIJERRI Theatre Company is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and by Creative Victoria and City of Melbourne.

Whakamāramatanga ki te Reo

I te kitenga tuatahitanga a te toki rangatōpū a Hera rāua ko te mātanga rakahinonga nō te Iwi Moemoeā a Kane i a rāua anō i tētahi wāhanga Mōhiotanga Ahurea, ka wewehe tangetange rāua i a rāua. He awhero, he arotahi rāua ki ā rāua umanga, ā, ināianei kua maheretia katoatia e Kane rāua ko Hera te painga atu mō te wā e heke mai ana. Heoi anō arā tētahi āhuatanga e kore e taea te whakahaere ... ko ō rāua whānau!

Ka whakaihiihi te kāhui nui rawa o ngā Whāea kēkē, rātou ko ngā Mātua kēkē, ko ngā kaihana nō ngā taha e rua o Te Tai o Rehua mō te mārena nui rawa, parāone rawa, taketake kua kitea, ā, ka tau mai te māramatanga. Ka tau tere mai. Mā tēnei kōrero aroha o te ao e whakaemi i ngā ahurea kaha e rua? Māna rānei e whakapakaru katoa te ao o Hera rāua ko Kane? Nā tētahi rōpū pākaha, kātuarehe o ngā kaimahi toi Māori, Iwi Moemoeā, me ngā Torres Strait Islanders, ko Black Ties tētahi wheako whakaari whakaruruku he pukukata, he mānawa hoki, ā, ko koe te manuhiri matua i te rangi whakahirahira.

me tētahi pēne mataora e whakatangi ana i te katoa o ō waiata pāti makau me ngā waiata mārena ka rangona noatia, ka wehe atu koe me te mōhio mā te aroha te katoa o ngā tāngata e whakakotahi - mō te painga atu, mō te kino atu rānei. Nau mai, piki mai, mauria mai tō bow tie!

ILBIJERRI Theatre Company me Te Rēhia Theatre | Aotearoa / Ahitereiria

Whakaari / Puoro / Whakaari Pukuhohe

John Harvey rāua ko Tainui Tukiwaho i tuhi

Ko Rachael Maza rāua ko Tainui Tukiwaho ngā ringatohu


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Wednesday 4  –  Saturday 7 March

Wednesday 4 March 8pm
Thursday 5 March 8pm
Friday 6 March 8pm
Saturday 7 March 1:30pm
Saturday 7 March 8pm

$53 – $59

General Admission - Seated $59
Early Bird $53

Shed 6

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Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins (incl. interval)

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