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Actress ready for war in The Undertow

Abby Brown for Upper Hutt Leader | 18 January 2017

An Upper Hutt actress is making history as part of a Māori theatre company.


A girl in a wartime nurse costume comforts a man dressed as a soldier
Noel Hayvice, Charlotte Lennon and Cayden Howes perform. | Aneta Pond 2017

As part of Maori theatre company Te Rakau, Charlotte Lennon will be part of the presentation of the first quartet of homegrown plays ever to be performed in repertory in New Zealand.

The 19-year-old takes centre stage in The Undertow which opened at Te Papa Tongarewa's Soundings Theatre on January 17.

Lennon joins a diverse cast of critically acclaimed veteran practitioners, recent graduates and current students of Toi Whakaari and Whitireia performing arts schools, as well as local high school students and novice actors.

"I love performing with this whanau, they create a magical atmosphere both on and off-stage," she said.

She said although she was Pakeha, the Maori theatre group was really welcoming.

Read more on the Stuff news website.

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