He Pūranga | Past Projects
1 - 5 May 2018
St Oran's College and St Patrick's College Silverstream
Theatre Marae in schools
In 2018 Te Rākau applied its Theatre Marae technique to the story of New Zealand’s 28th Māori Battalion, presenting playwright Helen Pearse-Otene’s The Battalion with students from St Oran’s College and St Patrick’s College Silverstream in Te Whanganui a Tara (Wellington), New Zealand.
The Battalion is a moving story about friendship, loyalty, madness and redemption – seen through the eyes of water veteran Paora Matene, and relayed to his wayward charges Rimini and George.
The Theatre Marae environment challenges students to develop skills in a variety of areas, including: lateral thinking, spatial awareness and coordination, text analysis, self awareness and presentation, resilience, time management, and inter-personal communication.
The outcome is a high quality school production and enriching experience for audience members, performers, and their families. Students may also achieve NCEA credits.
'This has been one of the most amazing experiences that I have ever had and I am going to remember this for the rest of my life!'
The Battalion was presented with these students as a Theatre Marae in-school production. You can find out more about hosting your own in-school production below, or find out more about a soon-to-be-released education resource.
PAORA MATENE: Brendan English, Ryan Holtham
SUE LEWIS: Bella Craig, Sarah Fulbrook, Annie Ashton
RIMI DAVIES: Emma Bagley, Mia Kilmister, Sophie Pascoe
GEORGE DAVIES: Georgia Cotter, Kate Salisbury
ELENI POULLOI: Shifna Shahabdeen, Anya Lewis, Anya Hanbury-Sparrow
JO BOY MATENE: Nick Rudman, Kahutia Whaanga-Davies, Seb White
ANARU KINGI: Te Ata Tu Patelesio, Nanuma Mafileo
WIREMU DAVIES: Joeli, Kiann Goonewardene
CHARLIE MURRAY: Cason Mundy, Ryan Jennings
MATTHIS SCHWARTZ: Will Adams
TAI: Kate Benjes
KARA: Jemima Gregory
CHORUS MEMBERS: Will Adams, Annie Ashton, Emma Bagley, Reilly Behrent, Kate Benjes, Georgia Cotter, Bella Craig, Brendan English, Sarah Fulbrook, Kiann Goonewardene, Jemima Gregory, Liam Griffin, Anya Hanbury-Sparrow, Ryan Holtham, Ryan Jennings, Mia Kilmister, Anya Lewis, Nanuma Mafileo, Tamati Moriarty, Cason Mundy, Sophie Pascoe, Te Ata Tu Patelesio, Ehren Quinn, Nick Rudman, Kate Salisbury, Shifna Shahabdeen, Kahutia Whaanga-Davies, Seb White, Joeli, Ehren Quinn
Playwright/Director: Helen Pearse-Otene
Director: Jim Moriarty
Producer: Aneta Pond
Stage Manager: Reilly Behrent
Coaches: Jeremy Davis, Kimberley Skipper and Steph Barnett
Lighting Design: Lisa Maule
Sound Design: Busby Pearse-Otene
Lighting Operator: Haami Hawkins
Costume Supervision: Cara Waretini
Swing Dance Coaches: Feet With Heat - Jo and Rodney
If you have stories, profiles, photos or interviews from this production, get in touch.