Nearly ninety years ago on a New Zealand market garden, two families, one Māori and the other Chinese, became part of a romance that would uproot their lives over generations.
Layered with myth and fable, The Mooncake and the Kūmara is a moving story about a mixed-up, Māori-Chinese love affair that sprouts among rows of potatoes. Told in a rich mixture of English, Māori and Cantonese, The Mooncake and the Kūmara is the debut, award-winning play by Māori-Chinese playwright Mei-Lin Te Puea Hansen and directed by Katie Wolfe. It is loosely based on the story of Mei-Lin’s grandparents’ relationship; this story is about history, duty, secrets and the delicate balance needed to grow families.
“… delightful, funny and moving and certainly marvellously acted”
National Business Review
“a charming celebration of the lingual diversity in New Zealand”
Design: John Verryt, Paul Lim, Elizabeth Whiting, and Drew McMillan. Performers: Waimihi Hotere, Charles Chan, Sam Wang, Katlyn Wong, Taupunakohe Tocker and Jeremy Randerson.
WELLINGTON SEASON | PUBLIC PERFORMANCES | HANNAH PLAYHOUSE
7.30PM | WEDS 21 JUNE – SAT 24 JUNE 2017
Single $39.00 | Student $27.00 | Senior Citizen $27.00 | Groups of 6 or more $30.00 | School Groups $10.00. *Service fees may apply.
Performance duration: 100 minutes
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Produced by The Oryza Foundation for Asian Performing Arts and Betsy & Mana Productions. Co-produced by the Auckland Arts Festival and premiered at Auckland Arts Festival 2015.