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Ten Moments in Wellington Theatre 2016

Updated: May 9

Adam Goodall for The Pantograph Punch | 16 December 2016


Adam Goodall takes stock of the triumphs, the anxieties and the must-do-betters of Wellington theatre in 2016.

 

A woman sits on a box, surrounded by actors who hold hatchets over her head
Dog & Bone by Helen Pearse-Otene, Taki Rua and Te Rākau Theatre, Te Papa Soundings Theatre. | Aneta Pond 2016

A story of two Māori brothers on opposite sides of the Pākehā settlement of Pōneke, Helen Pearse-Otene's Dog & Bone, staged by Taki Rua and Te Rākau, was rich in history and charged up with the energy of its 27-strong ensemble, led by muscular, fiercely-connected performances from men of the hour Errol Anderson and Jamie McCaskill.


Detailing the damage wrought across families and iwi by British colonisation, Dog & Bone was a tragedy passionately told and it sent shivers up my spine every other scene.


The play is the second part of the underTOW, Pearse-Otene’s planned four-part epic of local history, and all four parts play at Te Papa’s Soundings Theatre next month. It is imperative that you go.


This article was originally published on The Pantograph Punch. See the other top theatre moments of 2016 below.



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