Hinepau is different from other members of the hapū. She looks different, weaves back to front and inside out, and just doesn’t seem to fit in. Hinepau’s attempts to hide her uniqueness fail and, through fear and prejudice, she is cast out.
As time moves on, the influence of the tētē ara (upcoming chief) grows, along with his arrogance. His actions lead to a violent volcanic eruption, destroying the village. With their land desolate, there is little chance of survival.
Hinepau respects the mauri; life force. The power of her respect offers the opportunity to save the village, but only through an ultimate gift of aroha can she save the very people who rejected her.
Theatre is an important historical art form that expresses things that cannot be put into words. Audience members take unique meanings and inspiration from live shows that can open new thoughts and approaches to how they live life.
This particular show uses Aotearoa’s talent to present a local mythological tale about staying true to yourself, respecting our environment, history, cultural traditions and understanding how the choices we make affect other people. This high-quality production immerses audiences into the world of theatre in a venue close to their home. It offers opportunities to discover a new way to express themselves and collaborate with others.
Hinepau is hugely popular for this age group (Years 5-9). It fosters a love and respect for Aotearoa’s unique place in the world, and gives a message that the tamariki and mokopuna are the kaitiaki of the future.
Based on the book of the same name by Gavin Bishop, published by Scholastic New Zealand
Directed by Jamie McCaskill
Originally devised by Rachel House, Peter Wilson, Jamie McCaskill, Erina Daniels, Stephen Tamarapa and Maria Walker
- Wellington // Hannah Playhouse // 27-29 July
- New Plymouth // TSB Showplace Theatre Royal // 2 August
- Hamilton // Clarence Street Theatre // 5 August
- Whangarei // Forum North //15 August
- Tauranga // Baycourt Community & Arts Centre // 18 August
- Rotorua // Civic Theatre // 22 August
- Gisborne // War Memorial Theatre // 25 August
- Palmerston North // Regent on Broadway // 19 September
- North Shore // Bruce Mason Centre // 22 September
- Christchurch // Isaac Theatre Royal // 2 September
- Invercargill // Civic Theatre // 6 September
- Dunedin // Kings & Queens Performing Arts Centre // 9 September
- Cost – $9 per person. One adult free with every 10 paying students
- Duration – 55minutes (show) and 30 min (Q & A session)
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- Theatre Royal Nelson // 18 October & 19 October, 10am
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- Theatre Royal Nelson // 18 October // 6pm