August 15, 2017
Water fight inspires art
The fight for water rights has inspired a new play by award-winning playwright Miria George.
The Night Mechanics tells the story of a small drought-stricken Maori community that is drawn into resisting a multinational water company.
It’s the final piece in her Water Trilogy, which includes last year’s The Vultures and a performance installation, Fire In The Water, Fire In The Sky, earlier this year.
Ms George, who has Te Arawa, Ngati Awa, and Cook Islands connections, says indigenous people are being dragged into the forefront of a fight with business and governments to protect access to clean water.
"Art is a wonderful way to remind people of what is vital and what is important and to also push for accountability and responsibility but also to bring people together to hopefully remind audiences of the most important thing, which is … he tangata, he tangata, he tangata," she says.
The Night Mechanics has a 10-day season at Bats Theatre in Wellington starting on August 30.
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