The Conch’s show A Boy Called Piano - The Story of Fa’amoana John Luafutu tells the remarkable story of Luafutu’s time as a state ward in the 1960’s and the intergenerational impacts of these experiences. Written by Luafutu himself and Tom McCrory, and directed by Nina Nawalowalo, A Boy Called Piano builds on The Conch’s kaupapa of harnessing the power of theatre as a force for social change. Combining physical storytelling, breathtaking visual design with elements from The Conch’s documentary film A Boy Called Piano - The Story of Fa’amoana John Luafutu (New Zealand International Film Festival 2022 and winner at the 2022 Montreal Independent Film Festival), the play stars Fa’amoana alongside his son Matthias Luafutu, Aaron McGregor, Rob Ringiao-Lloyd, and the renowned Ole Maiava, plus a stunning score performed live by Aotearoa music legend Mark Vanilau. The body of work deals with innocence, racism, systematic abuse, molestation, and attempted suicide.
If The Best Foods Comedy Gala 2022 is any indication of the year ahead in comedy, we have a lot to look forward to. Having been rescheduled due to Covid, the Comedy Gala kicks off to a sold-out crowd on Friday night who’ve been waiting for this since May. The line up is packed with acts I’ve never seen before, and several who I’m dying to see, and I overhear chatter as we file in about who people are there for. The Michael Fowler Centre is packed as we enter, everyone is fizzing and everywhere you look there’s mayonnaise, what’s not to love?
Sean Burnett Dugdale-Martin
The Wasp produced by Alice Kirker, directed by Sam Snedden, and written by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm is a sharp reminder that if you don’t deal with your past, it is sure to deal with you. This production is a jaw-dropping, fist-clenching thriller and darkly funny throughout. It is a must-see and some of the best theatre Wellington has on offer.
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