Te Rōhi is a trilingual play currently in development, written by Sian Ní Mhuirí and Amber Curreen in English, Irish and Te Reo Māori for Te Pou Theatre, Auckland. Te Pou were in Dublin this December just gone for the final stages of script development – you can check out the video of our Rehearsed Reading above, if you’re interested!
Super Paua, Moonfish Theatre and Te Pou present a trilingual comedy about the importance of knowing who you are, and where you come from.
Maia Apanui – a young Māori woman, with a deceased mother from the depths of rural Kerry – decides to enter a beauty pageant in order to travel to Ireland and meet her long lost relatives. As the pageant’s first Māori ‘Rose’, Maia is compelled to perform her identity relentlessly, whilst also attempting to connect with her cantankerous, Irish-speaking aunt, Gearóidín. Absurd and tragi-comic, preposterous and familiar, Te Rōhi uses spectacle and humour to explore the politics of belonging and the performance of culture in a post-colonial world.
Thanks to the financial support of An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Toi Aotearoa.