Tan-Knee by Maraea Rakuraku - The Next Stage
Auckland Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Colin McColl have announced the three plays that will be presented in The Next Stage 2016.
The plays are: Flame by Greg McGee, Tan-Knee by Maraea Rakuraku and Tea by Ahi Karunaharan.
The Next Stage 2016 continues Auckland Theatre Company’s strong commitment to New Zealand plays and playwrights.
TAN-KNEE is the first play in a trilogy by Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa broadcaster, poet, short story writer and playwright Maraea Rakuraku, which won the 2016 Adam NZ Play Award, as well as Best Play by a Maori Playwright and Best Play by a Woman Playwright. The play begins as Tū returns home to re-open the Boxing Gym Muhammad's in partnership with his brother Pōtiki and their cousin Eunice. Twenty years is a long time to be away and Taneatua aka Tan-Knee isn't as Tū remembers.
Maraea is interested in providing space for voices that sit on the margins and exploring the ongoing impact of colonialism in 21st Century Aotearoa. "TAN-KNEE was written in response to the 2007 raids that saw areas of Te Urewera locked down by the State and the ongoing objectification through the media of my Iwi."
The Next Stage is Auckland Theatre Company’s premium play development programme. From a nationwide call for submissions, three full length plays are selected for the festival of new work. Each play is given a two-week workshop with a professional director, dramaturg and cast before being put in front of audiences for the first time. It’s a chance for theatregoers to get up close and personal with fresh writing in the rehearsal studio as well as opportunity for the playwright to gauge public reaction to their work. It’s a high risk, high reward process.
The Next Stage has been the breeding ground for a string of recent New Zealand hit plays including Dave Armstrong’s Le Sud, Briar Grace-Smith’s Paniora!, Victor Rodger’s My Name is Gary Cooper, Greg Chappell’s Hatch of the Plight of the Penguins, Emily Perkins’ adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and Arthur Meek’s Trees Beneath the Lake and On the Upside Down of the World.
Performance times and dates
Friday 18th 7.30 pm: Tea
Saturday 19th 1.00 pm: Flame
Saturday 19th 3.30 pm: Tea
Saturday 19th 7.30 pm: Tan-Knee
Sunday 20th 1.00 pm: Flame
Sunday 20th 3.30 pm: Tan-Knee
For further information, please contact:
Philippa Campbell Literary Manager
m +64 27 366 2277