As four children play by the ocean a large conch shell starts to whisper stories of the sea. Fluorescent fish float under a starry sky and a magical character appears in a rickety boat to tell his fishy tale.
Our mythical story invites the audience to look to where the sky meets the sea for the answers. In a fusion of song, dance, puppets, masks, te reo Māori and English, Songs of the Sea Waiata O Te Moana unfolds the mysteries and myths of where the first fish came from.
From the Sun and Moon (Ra and Marama), the Milky Way (Ite Ika o te Rangi), to the Great Shaper of the Universe come a myriad of marine creatures. The audience floats in a starry sky and dives into a great underwater world as music and stage wizardry transform their day.
The fabulously imaginative Songs of the Sea features colourful & sparkly puppets of artist Sue Hill and infectiously catchy music by Stephen Gallagher to weave together four stories of the deep, including how the children of Te Ika Rā, the lonely sunfish and Te Ika Marama the bright moonfish, got their rainbow colours.
With previous seasons in New Zealand & Australia this beautiful production returns for a national tour throughout Aotearoa to delight children with tales of the ocean told in English and te reo Māori.
Beautiful, playful and a joy to watch this play will strike chords of wonder in younger audiences.
Written by Peter Wilson and Directed by Jacqueline Coats
Music Composed by Stephen Gallagher
- Cost – $9 per person. One adult free with every 10 paying students
- Duration – 45minutes
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Shows at 9.30am & 11am
- Clarence Street Theatre / Hamilton / Thursday 4 – Friday 5 May
- Forum North / Whangarei / Tuesday 9 – Thursday 11 May
- Turner Centre / Kerikeri / Monday 15 May
- Bruce Mason Centre / North Shore / Thursday 18 May
- Vodafone Events Centre / Manukau / Tuesday 23 – Wednesday 24 May
- Baycourt Arts & Community Centre / Tauranga / Monday 29 May
- Municipal Theatre / Napier / Thursday 1 – Friday 2 June
- War Memorial Theatre / Gisborne / Tuesday 6 June
- Civic Theatre / Rotorua / Friday 9 June
- TSB Showplace, Theatre Royal / New Plymouth / Tuesdsay 13 June
- Regent on Broadway / Palmerston North / Friday 16 June
- Events Centre / Carterton / Tuesday 20 June
- Great Lake Centre / Taupo / Friday 23 June
- Hannah Playhouse / Wellington / Tuesday 17 – Friday 27 October
- Papa Hou- YMCA / Christchurch / Wednesday 1 – Thursday 2 November
- Theatre Royal / Timaru / Monday 6 November
- Civic Theatre/ Invercargill / Thursday 9 November
- Fortune Theatre / Dunedin / Monday 13 – Tuesday 14 November
- Theatre Royal / Nelson / Monday 20 – Tuesday 21 November
“None of the myths created for Songs of the Sea are based on existing myths, it may be that one hears many stories in ones life and indirectly you may draw upon those experiences whilst you are writing.” Writer, Peter Wilson.
“I believe that theatre is most effective when it reflects back to audience, (the world) is entertaining, but also in a different or thought-provoking way. This is why it is important for young people – it gives them experiences of worlds or points of view that they may have never encountered, and encourages them to engage with these worlds through their imaginations.
This is a play that sparks the imagination, and encourages discovery of the world around us – and I hope this is what young audiences will take away from the experience.”