BREAKING GROUND

Breaking Ground 2011, playwright Hinekaa Mako, photo by Aneta Pond.

13–15 JUNE, VARIOUS TIMES

Rehearsed readings. Free entry.

Breaking Ground is a festival of ideas and of new writing for theatre. Calling together Māori, Pasifika, and global Indigenous playwrights, Breaking Ground develops new playscripts – reimagining storytelling for the stage.

In 2019, Breaking Ground celebrates 10 years of new writing and new plays crafted by Māori, Pasifika, and Indigenous playwrights. Breaking Ground invites Te Whanganui-a-Tara to join with playwrights and experience their new works in development.

Ōtautahi playwright Hōhepa Waitoa (He Kura E Huna Ana) is developing his new play Henare, a work inspired by the life and compositions of acclaimed Ngāti Porou composer Henare Waitoa. Hōhepa is joined by celebrated poet and playwright, Apirana Taylor, who takes on the role of dramaturg for Breaking Ground.

The multi-talented actor and playwright Kiki Rivera (Puzzy) is travelling from Honolulu, Hawai’i, to join Breaking Ground 2019. Kiki is only the second playwright from Hawai’i to present in Breaking Ground – playwright Tammy Haili’ōpua Baker was the first in 2017. Kiki is working alongside Sydney-based director and dramaturg Dr. Liza-Mare Syron.

Māori and Pasifika writers’ collective, Maranga Mai, also returns to Breaking Ground in 2019. Featuring women from throughout Wellington, Maranga Mai presents new work from new writers refining their craft. Created to support mothers, community leaders, tertiary students, and full time workers, who at nights and in weekends, are also committed writers. Featuring dramaturgy by multi-award winning writers Whiti Hereaka and Mīria George.

The festival is presented by Tawata Productions and helmed by playwright Mīria George. Breaking Ground celebrates the powerful role of writers for the stage within any healthy creative industry.

“Their stories have become our stories – that is the power of playwriting. I look forward to the next ten years of Breaking Ground.” – Mīria George, Artistic Director

REHEARSED READINGS
Open to the public. Free of charge.

MARANGA MAI
WITH DRAMATURGY BY WHITI HEREAKA AND MĪRIA GEORGE

13 JUNE, 6:30PM-8PM
Te Haukāinga, Level 1, 274 Taranaki Street, Wellington

THE NEW PLAY BY KIKI RIVERA
WITH DRAMATURGY BY LIZA-MARE SYRON

14 JUNE, 1PM-3PM
Old Museum Building (behind Carillion), Theatrette, Massey University, 15 Buckle Street, Wellington

THE NEW PLAY BY HŌHEPA WAITOA
WITH DRAMATURGY BY APIRANA TAYLOR

15 JUNE, 1PM-3PM
Te Haukāinga, Level 1, 274 Taranaki Street, Wellington

Breaking Ground is presented in partnership with Creative New Zealand, Wellington City Council, Massey University of Wellington, Playmarket, Toi Māori Aotearoa, and Kia Mau Festival.