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Moriarty theatre takes Swing at dark topics

Updated: Dec 3, 2022

Waatea News | 13 July 2022


Māori theatre legend Jim Moriarty says the latest production by his and Helen Pearse-Otene's company Te Rākau brings light to topics often left in the dark.

 

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Jim Moriarty and Helen Pearse-Otene | Tabitha Arthur 2019

Māori theatre legend Jim Moriarty says the latest production by his and Helen Pearse-Otene's company Te Rākau brings light to topics often left in the dark.


The Swing was written by Helen Pearse-Otene and looks at subjects like ngau whiore or sexual abuse and whakamomori or suicide through a Māori lens.


He says it’s informative, inspiring and beautiful.


“Our theatre’s intent has always been to bring these korero into the world of light because when we keep them locked up in a cupboard or push them under a carpet, that’s when they can continue to fester or have a negative impact on our people,” Moriarty says.


Listen to the interview on WaateaNews.com


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