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Mum is out on a date looking for love, while the kids are online working their dirty side hustle for cash… welcome to Pakaru. Sometimes it’s funny and sometimes it’s sh*t but the struggle is always real. Set in present day Aotearoa, this punchy little tale is of a Pākehā solo mum... raising teens... who are twins... and they’re Māori...easy right? With an ensemble of skilfully crafted characters, Pakaru draws you deep into an intimate contemporary drama about a small broken whānau who try to come together despite everything pushing them apart.

This gut-wrenching story shouts out at the reality that exists in between the ever-widening gap that many of our people have to live in. It is rooted in dark comedy, brutal tragedy, but is a hopeful nod to our enduring human spirit. Winner of the prestigious Adam New Zealand Play Award, experience this extraordinary piece of theatre that is “both hilarious and heart-wrenching” (Pantograph Punch).

"A riveting, powerful and intensely moving experience." - Theatreview

"The writing is clever and funny and its story is true for too many New Zealanders." - Pantograph Punch

Suitable for: ages 16+

Artist talk: Post-show, Thursday 3 March, 6:30pm

Tā māmā, he puta ki te taone ki te whaiwhai tāne, me kore noa te aroha e rangona. Tā āna tamariki, he mahi nanakia i runga i te ipurangi, he whai moni te take – Ko Pakaru tēnei.

He whakaaturanga toi whakaari e pā ana ki a Shayla rāua ko Brayden, he taiohi Māori, otirā he mahanga hoki rāua. E noho ana rāua ki te whare o tō rāua māmā, e noho pōhara ana, erangi ka haere tonu te whānau nei i tā rātou haere, pakari ana, Pakaru hoki ana.

Ko tēnei whakaaturanga, he mea whakakata, whakawehi, whakamataku, otirā he mea whakaaweawe. Mō ngā pākeke anahe tēnei whakaaturanga. Me 16+ te pakeke.

Artistic Credits

Written and Directed by: Mitch Tawhi Thomas

Starring: Sarah Boddy, Neenah Dekkers-Reihana, Rob Lloyd and Tāne Rolfe

Set Designer: Sean Coyle

Lighting Designer: Jennifer Lal

Sound Designer: Thomas Lambert

Costume Realisation: Amy Macaskill

Producers: Tanea Heke and Vanessa Immink

Production Manager: William Smith

Stage Manager: Ashley Mardon

Thanks to

Wednesday 2  –  Sunday 6 March

Wednesday 2 March 6:30pm
Thursday 3 March 6:30pm
Friday 4 March 6:30pm
Saturday 5 March 6:30pm
Sunday 6 March 4pm

Circa Theatre

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Duration: 1 hr 15 mins

Audience care: Contains strong language, sexual references, references to pornography, and drug use.

Recommended ages 16+  


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