15 – 19 Jun | Circa Theatre, Wellington

Image by Andi Crown

The power of Māori + Pasifika literature roaring to theatrical life.

The world of Oceania is not small. From the energetic volcanoes of O’ahu to the southern reaches of Aotearoa, she is borderless and vast – and growing bigger by the day.

After decades of dismissal and disconnection, her children are closer than ever. It’s time for a reunion. UPU brings the wealth and power of Pacific literature to roaring theatrical life.

Curated by award-winning poet Grace Iwashita-Taylor and led by powerhouse director Fasitua Amosa, UPU gives the stage to Oceania’s most electrifying poetry. Tusiata Avia, Audrey Brown-Pereira, Karlo Mila, Albert Wendt and more: UPU is for the trailblazers, the icons and the new writers transforming Aotearoa today.

‘This show is pure oratory and storytelling at its finest’

Following a knock-out Silo Theatre’s season at the Auckland Arts Festival last year, UPU joins the Kia Mau Festival 2021 with an all-star line-up of leading Māori and Pasifika performers, including Maiava Nathaniel Lees, reviving the words of our literary legends and bellowing out the proclamations and provocations of the next game changing generation. Kia Mau Festival is proud to partner with the UPU Collective and the Wellington Premiere Season of UPU.

‘A must-see’

Creative Credits

Tusiata Avia, Audrey Brown-Pereira, Ben Brown, Jaqueline Carter, Sia Figiel, Konai Helu Thaman, Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner, Briar Grace-Smith, Simone Kaho, Daren Kamali, Celestine Kulagoe, Albert Leomala, Grace Mera Molisa, Karlo Mila, John Pule, Lyz Soto, Leilani Tamu, Apirana Taylor, Tayi Tibble, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Hone Tuwhare, Brandy Nālani McDougall, Maualaivao Albert Wendt, Noʻu Revilla & Craig Santos Perez

Curated by Grace Iwashita-Taylor
Directed by Fasitua Amosa
Produced by UPU Collective

UPU was a Silo & Auckland Arts Festival co-production & premiered at Auckland Arts Festival ’20



16 – 19 Jun
Preview 15 Jun
Tues – Thurs– 6.30pm
Fri – Sat 8pm

Sun 4pm


Circa One
Circa Theatre
1 Taranaki St