A riveting, powerful and intensely moving experience
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).
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.
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
— Pantograph Punch
The writing is clever and funny and its story is true for too many New Zealanders
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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|
- Wheelchair accessible
Audience care: Contains strong language, sexual references, references to pornography, and drug use.
Recommended ages 16+