March 15, 2019
Ihimaera characters inspire Brunning play
A new work by respected actor and playwright Nancy Brunning based on excerpts and characters from Witi Ihimaera stories is the first show to be announced for the new Tairawhiti Arts Festival.
The two-week festival starting October 4 will deliver more than 70 live events by over 400 performers, from New Zealand and around the world.
Brunning says Witi’s Wāhine is an antidote to the usual big screen treatment of wāhine Māori where they are often dumbed down and have their stories altered or diminished in order to bring the male characters into the spotlight.
She says Witi Ihimaera has always acknowledged the women in his life are the reason he had stories to tell.
Festival director Tama Waipara says the world premiere will honour a son of Te Tairawhiti.
The full programme will be announced mid-year.
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