Following a sell out season in Auckland, Birds is set to take flight to premiere in Wellington at the 2014 NZ Fringe Festival. An honest and fresh coming of age story, Birds celebrates the generation of Pacific islanders living in New Zealand.
Written by award-wining playwright Dianna Fuemana, Bird stars
Ali Fo’ai (Falemalama,Aukalofa Monologues and Bianca Seinafo,(Number Two,Big Trouble). The pair plays a multitude of characters
seamlessly bring this truly contemporary Pacific story to life.
An ode to teenagers and their mums, Birds is an urban tale told through the eyes of a young Niuean boy growing up in Auckland’s Avondale Hood-Lands.
Tommy likes hip-hop dancing and has a mad crush on the lead Kapa Haka girl at school and believes he can Kung Fu the biggest bully terrorizing the local Riversdale park. But his mum, Moka has different plans for Tommy. Moka wants him to wake up on time for school, go to university and learn all thing Niuean. Their two wills collide but both must compromise in order to fly. Birds shines a light on the bond between a solo mother and her only child,living in a new place. Bird’s gives voice to Avondales hood and features iconic sites including Avondales community centre,Hollywood cinema,Rosebank Road,and Riversdale Reserve.
Actor and Fuemana’s nephew Ali Foa’i says,”Not only do I identify with this story being Niuean,having grown up in Avondale,it feels like i’m in the hood again”.
Birds also marks Scotty Cotters(The Brave,Tu)directing debut in Wellington,having worked as an actor for over a decade. “When I read the script I can see so many of my mates in the play,I knew I had to direct it”,says Cotter.
Although Birds is based firmly with a Niuean Perspective, its central themes of cultural detachment and family expectations are universal in the Pacific community residing in Aotearoa.
As poignant as it is hilarious,Birds promises to be an uplifting and memorable night at the theatre.
Sharu Loves Hats Presents Birds Play
Bats Theatre on the corner of Cuba and Dixon
1 – 8 March 2014
6.30 pm (No show Mon, March 3)
Bats Theatre on the corner of cuba
Tickets Book online www.bats.co.nz or call (04) 802 4175
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Sharu 021 625 175 or [email protected]
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