WITI’S WĀHINE BY NANCY BRUNNING
1st March - 7:00 pm
The 18 scenes in Witi’s Wāhine weave an intricate pattern through Ihimaera’s works, and the result is astonishing. – The Spinoff
The extraordinary and much-loved wāhine from Witi Ihimaera’s groundbreaking books including The Parihaka Woman, The Matriarch and Pounamu Pounamu are brought to life by a powerful cast in this theatrical masterpiece tenderly crafted by the late Nancy Brunning.
Ultimately this is her love story: a compilation of stories and a tribute to the wāhine of Te Tairāwhiti (the East Coast) with powerful commentary, unflinching reality, sensitivity and warm affection that places wāhine, whenua and Māori wisdom centre stage.
Witi’s wāhine are distinct from one another, where time, situation and context overlap into a single thread: a cord that draws sustenance from the whenua, from onamata – the past. These women are recognisable as the aunties, sisters, mothers and nannies from your own whānau and communities. They invite you to traverse history, sharing memories, tears, jokes and beautiful waiata along the way.
Following adored seasons in its original iteration, this new production was conceived to bring Nancy Brunning’s final work to the big stage.
Described by Denizen as the “event of the season” for its Auckland run, prepare to be moved by this “phenomenal” (Broadway World) production.
This production was a collaboration between Hapai Productions and Auckland Theatre Company.
There is a post-show talk on Friday 1 March.
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