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The Mooncake and The Kumara

The Mooncake and The Kumara

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  • Wed 28 Jun ’17, 7:30pm – 9:10pm
  • Thu 29 Jun ’17, 7:30pm – 9:10pm
  • Fri 30 Jun ’17, 7:30pm – 9:10pm
  • Sat 1 Jul ’17, 1:30pm – 3:10pm
  • Sat 1 Jul ’17, 7:30pm – 9:10pm
  • Sun 2 Jul ’17, 5:00pm – 6:40pm
  • Wed 5 Jul ’17, 7:30pm – 9:10pm
  • Thu 6 Jul ’17, 7:30pm – 9:10pm
  • Fri 7 Jul ’17, 7:30pm – 9:10pm
  • Sat 8 Jul ’17, 7:30pm – 9:10pm
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Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street, Auckland CBD


All Ages


Q Theatre

Nearly ninety 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, The Mooncake and the Kūmara is a moving story about a mixed-up, Māori-Chinese love affair that sprouts among rows of potatoes. Told in a rich mixture of English, Māori and Cantonese, The Mooncake and the Kūmara is the debut, award-winning play by Māori-Chinese playwright Mei-Lin Te Puea Hansen.

Loosely based on the story of her grandparents' relationship, this is a story about history, duty, secrets and the delicate balance needed to grow families.

Premiered at Q at the Auckland Arts Festival 2015, The Mooncake and the Kūmara went on to sold-out seasons around the country including Nelson, Tauranga and Taranaki Arts Festivals. Don’t miss this return season to Q Loft.

The Mooncake and the Kumara will also play as part of Wellington’s Kia Mau Festival from 21-24 June at the Hannah Playhouse

Produced by: The Oryza Foundation for Asian Performing Arts and Betsy & Mana Productions.

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

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