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The Mooncake and the Kumara

The Mooncake and the Kumara

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  • Wed 14 Oct ’15, 7:30pm – 9:10pm
  • Thu 15 Oct ’15, 7:30pm – 9:10pm


Theatre Royal Nelson, 78 Rutherford St, Nelson


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Full B Reserve: $43.00
  • Under 19 A Reserve: $25.00
  • Under 19 B Reserve: $20.00
  • Full A Reserve: $48.00


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The Mooncake and the Kūmara is a moving story about a mixed-up, Māori-Chinese love affair that sprouts among rows of potatoes.

Nearly 90 years ago on a New Zealand market garden, two families, one Māori and the other Chinese, became part of a romance that would uproot their lives over generations.

Layered with myth and fable and told in a rich mixture of English, Māori and Cantonese, The Mooncake and the Kūmara tells a story intertwined with history, duty, secrets and the delicate balance needed to grow families.

Loosely based on the story of the playwright’s grandparents' relationship, the play started life as a 10-minute entry, co-written with Te Puea Hansen's cousin Kiel McNaughton (Shortland Street, Auckland Daze), in the Short + Sweet Theatre Competition, where it won Best Drama.

Co-produced by the Auckland Arts Festival and premiered at Auckland Arts Festival 2015.

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