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Pūtahi Festival will be presenting a series of theatre and dance  works in development throughout the nine-day festival.
 

This will be a celebration of PLAY, being on stage and creating work.


Throughout 2020 many artists were unable to perform in person and on stage, and we are looking forward to celebrating our rangatahi and their works in progress in March 2021.
 

Audiences are welcomed into a process that is artist centred and development focused.

TICKETS

All tickets will be $5 with no inside charges. The "book now" links will take to you the New Zealand Fringe Festival booking system. 

We will have a box office on site throughout the festival. 

Due to our COVID-19 planning, we currently only have 30 tickets available to each performance. More will be released on a case by case basis. 

Tickets are now on sale. 

GENESIS

MICHAELA EHETERE PEARSE - Ngāi Te Rangi | Ngāpuhi | Ngāti Hine

GENESIS, uri o te rangi, is a brewing short film and painting series, due to be ignited with a live installation and performance at this years Pūtahi festival. Set on an eternal timeline, GENESIS illustrates the multi-dimensional journey of returning back to yourself. An inherent responsibility as a future ancestor.

DATES: 12th & 13th March 2021
TIME: 6:30pm
VENUE: Drama 10, Te Whaea: Dance & Drama Centre

GENRE: Dance

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MIRAKA

TE AOREWA ROLLESTON - Ngāi te Rangi | Ngāti Ranginui

Mīraka is a story about motherhood, people and what happens when something we need is taken away. This staged reading will be the first time Mīraka is shared with the public. Mīraka is a play for our women and children.

DATES: 13th March 2021
TIME: 4:30pm
VENUE: SEEyD Space, Te Whaea: Dance & Drama Centre

GENRE: Play-reading

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LYALL BAY WATCH

KASIANO MITA - Samoa | Kuki Airani

 

Meet your new instructor. DJ, or better known as “The Ma’a” by his cousins around the world. This legend invites you to his masterclass in surf lifesaving. DJ will guide you through the basics of water safety and how to be sun smart in Aotearoa. What can I say except "You’re welcome".

DATES: 12th, 13th & 14th March 2021
TIME: 7:30pm

VENUE: SEEyD Space, Te Whaea: Dance & Drama Centre

GENRE: Theatre

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SHOW ME THE SEA, I'LL SHOW YOU MY WORLD

WAITAHI ANIWANIWA - Ngāti Maniapoto | Ngāti Tāwharetoa | Ngāti Wai | Ngāti Tama

A delicate dance of Nature versus Nurture. A showing comprised of melodic tones, nostalgic cries and a longing for a world that is yet to come. Poetry meets the cries of Manu, the songs of our people, songs from me to you. Come listen to a few, I'll paint this world a new. We can paint it together.

DATES: 13th March 2021

TIME: 8pm

VENUE: Drama 10, Te Whaea: Dance & Drama Centre

GENRE: Music & Poetry

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FLAMES

ROY IRO - Kuki Airani

REON BELL - Ngāti Tūwharetoa | Pākehā

Flames is a rap-musical mystery story about two private investigators involved in a series of arsons.

DATES: 14th & 16th March 2021
TIME: 6:30pm (14th) & 7:30pm (16th)
VENUE: Drama 10, Te Whaea: Dance & Drama Centre

GENRE: Music & Theatre

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O LE PA'A MA ONA VAE

SAMOANA NOKISE - Samoa

 

On the eve of his return to NZ, a young man’s grandfather appears to him in the form of a crab to say goodbye.

Exploring alofa that transcends the confines of our perceived reality, and the different forms that that can take, O Le Pa’a Ma Ona Vae is a developing piece from

Samoana Nokise about how our loved ones continue to be there for us, if only we look beyond the physical.



DATES: 17th & 18th March 2021
TIME: 7:30pm
VENUE: Drama 10, Te Whaea: Dance & Drama Centre

GENRE: Dance

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SECOND CHANCE

MYCAH KEALL - Taranaki | Te Whānau ā ­Apanui | Pākehā

How many chances do we give ourselves when things don’t go as planned? For three young mothers in Upper Hutt, a teen parent programme is “the biggest second chance ever.” Created by theatre maker Mycah Keall, this verbatim work draws on interviews with these women as they navigate parenthood and education at Titiro Whakamua.

DATES: 16th & 17th March 2021
TIME: 6:30pm

VENUE: SEEyD Space, Te Whaea: Dance & Drama Centre

GENRE: Theatre

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WHADDA YAH RECKON?

ALBERT LATAILAKEPA - Tonga 
NGAMAKO ROTA - Raahui Pookeka

BEN ASHBY - Pākehā


Three fresh makers that descend from three different cultures bring to life their own truth and beliefs about those kinda WEIRD, BUZZY and HARD to explain things about this world. Whadda You Reckon?

DATES: 18th, 19th & 20th March 2021

TIME: 6:30pm

VENUE: SEEyD Space, Te Whaea: Dance & Drama Centre

GENRE: Theatre

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MAETU

SHANAIA BOUTSADY - Ngāti Wai | Ngāpuhi | Thai | Lao


Watering lemongrass, staring at a screen and walking through empty hallways - a day to day ritual. As Maetu sits in her little green house she strings back memories through her household objects that have brought her to where she is now. This is an abstract and imagery based piece that tells the story of a wonderful grandma.

DATES: 18th March 2021
TIME: 8:15pm
VENUE: Drama 10, Te Whaea: Dance & Drama Centre

GENRE: Theatre

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MĀ PANGO MĀWHERO

TAYLOR TEREKIA - Te Aitanga a Māhaki | Ngāti Porou | Ngāriki Kaipūtahi | Kāi Tahu


Experience BLACKPINK in your area in Mā Pango Māwhero by Kpop cover artist Taylor&Roses. Hits by global sensation BLACKPINK are rewritten in te reo Māori, pushing the boundaries of Māori and Pop music in Aotearoa. A play on the Kpop quartets name and the well-known whakataukī ’Mā pango, mā whero, ka oti te mahi’, this show is a beautiful collaboration of two cultures that aims to inspire and empower.

DATES: 20th March 2021
TIME: 8:30pm
VENUE: SEEyD Space, Te Whaea: Dance & Drama Centre

GENRE: Music

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THE WALL

JOE DEKKERS REIHANA - Māori | Dutch

Three naughty kids develop a tight bond after being repeatedly sentenced to lunchtime on the wall, in the middle of a global pandemic.

DATES: 20th March 2021
TIME: 4:30pm

VENUE: SEEyD Space, Te Whaea: Dance & Drama Centre

GENRE: Play-reading

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