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Bless The Child

Bless The Child

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  • Thu 8 Mar ’18, 7:30pm – 9:50pm
  • Fri 9 Mar ’18, 7:30pm – 9:50pm
  • Sat 10 Mar ’18, 1:30pm – 3:50pm
  • Sat 10 Mar ’18, 5:00pm – 7:20pm
  • Sun 11 Mar ’18, 7:00pm – 9:20pm
  • Sun 11 Mar ’18, 7:30pm – 9:20pm


Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street, Auckland CBD


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • A Res Conc: $49.00
  • A Res: $55.00
  • B Res: $45.00
  • B Res Conc: $39.00
  • C Res: $25.00

World Premiere Season.

A searing new work from acclaimed playwright Hone Kouka that’s part compelling urban thriller, part unflinching social commentary.

Eight lives and three worlds collide in this urgent, thought-provoking play – a story of life and death and good vs bad. After a child is found dead, a hotshot lawyer is dragged into the case to defend the demonised mother. As the whānau close ranks, the question of who killed the baby – and whose prejudice is exposed – is brought provocatively to the surface.

A giant of New Zealand theatre, Hone Kouka (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kahungunu) is behind such award-winning plays as Ngā Tangata Toa, Waiora: Te-ū-kai-pō (The Homeland), Tu and I, George Nepia. He credits his mother for challenging him to write his latest work, Bless the Child; to begin a korero around the responsibility of whānau and people to protect all children.

Directed by Mīria George and presented by leading Māori and Cook Islands theatre company Tawata Productions, this passionately realised play, told through an eloquent Māori lens, confronts the hard truths of our shared humanity.

“New writing is (Tawata Productions’) ‘life-blood’ and writers their ‘soul, conscience and heart’. They honour the fundamental purpose of theatre in any healthy society.” — Theatreview

Contain nudity, strong language and violence.
Co-produced by Auckland Arts Festival, New Zealand Festival and Tawata Productions.

(Service fee applies.)

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