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The Mooncake and The Kumara

The Mooncake and The Kumara

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  • Wed 21 Jun ’17, 7:30pm – 9:10pm
  • Thu 22 Jun ’17, 7:30pm – 9:10pm
  • Fri 23 Jun ’17, 7:30pm – 9:10pm
  • Sat 24 Jun ’17, 7:30pm – 9:10pm


Hannah Playhouse, 12 Cambridge Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington


All Ages

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.

The Mooncake and the Kumara will also play at Auckland's Q Theatre form the 28th June - 8th July.

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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