Self proclaimed young mongrel, poet and playwright, Rowley Habib, will be remembered one year after his passing in a presentation of his works.
To commemorate his contribution to the Māori Theatre scene, Hāpai Productions will present a one-hour celebration of works by writer Rowley Habib and performed by some of Wellington’s most celebrated Māori Theatre practitioners.
“FOR A MOMENT I FELT IT, HERE AMONGST THE RAW PEOPLE. HOW NEAR TO THE TRUTH OF LIFE I FELT THEN. THERE WAS NO QUESTIONING, NO FEAR NO RESTRAINT. THERE WAS JUST LIVE AND LET LIVE”
Rowley Habib 1933-2016
From Death of the Land, The Gathering, The Protestors, to The Raw Men, these works by Rowley Habib, a poet, playwright, Te Waka Toi Award recipient and mentor present a provocative and raw account of a time of political unrest and cultural renaissance, bringing to the fore front the voice of a generation from the back blocks of small town suburbia to the pepper-potted urban communities of white New Zealand. His characters challenge the status quo, struggle with isolation from their tribal lands, fight for the right to access their language and cultural heritage or discard the Māori way of life completely.
The power of his writing catapulted the urban Māori voice into the limelight; unveiling the Māori, misunderstood but always down to earth, raw and alive. In honour of this rebel writer Wellington’s Down to earth men and women. Raw and alive; laughing and talking thrown together by one thing only; their work, will put their spin on a collection of writings that changed the face of Māori theatre in this country by empowering a new generation of theatre practitioners and writers.
WELLINGTON SEASON | BATS THEATRE
8PM | TUES 06 JUNE – WEDS 07 JUNE 2017
Performance duration: 60 minutes
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