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A Boy Called Piano

Building on the successful collaboration of The White Guitar‘s creative team the Conch returns to work with Fa’amoana Luafutu on the development of a new work ‘A Boy Called Piano’.

At a time when the human rights commission is petitioning the government for an enquiry into the terrible abuse of children in state care Fa’amoana has chosen to speak out through a historic new play. Building on The Conch’s kaupapa of harnessing the power of theatre as a force for social change, this work takes us directly into the experience of thousands of Maori and Pacific children placed in state care in the 1960’s. This recognizes that his story is not one of private shame but one which impacts on us all, that the many thousands who suffered with him have profoundly affected the course of New Zealand history. That many like Fa’amoana who have been demonized in the mainstream began life as innocent children who were brutalized within a system that was supposed to be protecting and ‘correcting’ them.

Set to Premiere in 2019

The House of Bernarda Alba

Lorca’s classic tragedy becomes a vehicle for the exploration of the culture shock of the colonisation of the Pacific. In this new adaptation New Zealand Samoan poet Tusiata Avia transposes Lorca’s pre Spanish civil war indictment of Spanish society into the context of 1910 Samoa under German occupation, where the power of the Catholic church attempt to crush ancient traditions of Fa’a Samoa (The Samoan way). The Conch Artistic Directors Nina Nawalowalo and Tom McCrory collaborate with acclaimed Spanish actor director Antonio Gil Martinez and New Zealand director Colin McColl.

Presented by Carriageworks and The Conch

The House of Bernarda Alba
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