Bless The Child

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Who took the life of baby Ara?

A child has died and Shardae, mother of the child, is held guilty until proven otherwise. 

A power-hungry lawyer, Khan Te Ahi Richards, is reluctantly dragged into the case to defend the mother as the whānau close ranks. And rumbling from beneath is Rūaumoko, god of earthquakes and unborn children. Now the mother, the lawyer and the wayward ones are all in search of an answer – who took the life of baby Ara?

Challenging and thought-provoking, Bless the Child is a story of life and death, good versus evil. In an unflinching look at our society through a Māori lens, it uncovers the truth of our shared humanity – to protect the child.

Co-produced by the New Zealand Festival, Auckland Arts Festival and Tawata Productions

Performances are:

  • Wednesday 28 February, 7.00pm
  • Thursday 1 March, 7.00pm
  • Friday 2 March, 7.00pm
  • Saturday 3 March, 1.30pm
  • Saturday 3 March, 7.00pm
  • Sunday 4 March,1.30pm

Prices*: Adult A Reserve $49.00 - Early bird $45.00; Adult B Reserve $39.00. *Service fees apply, see below. 

Performance length: approx. 2 hour and 20 mins (incl. interval). Latecomers will be seated when appropriate.  Contains nudity, strong language and violence. Tickets are for allocated seating.

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Tawata Productions

Tawata Productions is a Māori and Cook Islands theatre company based in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Specialising in the rigorous development and presentation of new work, Tawata blurs the lines between text, movement and image presenting a dynamic performance experience from Aotearoa to the world beyond.

Tawata presents an annual programme of theatre by Hone Kouka + Mīria George as well as Breaking Ground an international indigenous playwrighting festival + Wellington’s Māori, Pasifika + international indigenous theatre + dance platform Kia Mau Festival. They have performed in national and international festivals throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the South Pacific, and the Hawai’ian Islands.

New writing is their “life-blood” and writers their “soul, conscience and heart.” They honour the fundamental purpose of theatre in any healthy society.  THEATREVIEW