Māngere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku stepped into the spotlight this week at the 2017 Auckland Theatre Awards to win the Best Overall Production Award for Mirror Mirror, which gave the classic Snow White fairy tale a unique south Auckland twist.
Melding rap, gospel and hip-hop music with high kicks and wrestling moves, Mirror Mirror followed ‘Snowy’s’ epic journey searching for the ‘Legendary Seven’ amidst motorways, bus routes and cabbage tree swamps. Snowy is shadowed by her stepmother, Queen B, who is jealous of her fame as an internet sensation.
The show was directed by Troy Tu’ua and Alison Quigan and starred Brady Peeti as Queen B and Irene Folau, 2016 Stand Up Stand Out winner, as Snowy.
The production was funded by Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board and supported by the exceptional talents of Māngere Arts Centre staff, who directed and produced the show that ran 14 performances in just one week in the centre’s performing arts theatre.
Alison Quigan, Performing Arts Manager of Māngere Arts Centre, is thrilled to see the hard work that goes into the centre’s annual production acknowledged.
“We’re always aiming to share the extraordinary talent that springs from south Auckland and our community. This year the Theatre Award’s theme was ‘The Not Too Distant Future’ and these performers are definitely that. They make the future a brilliant place to be,” she says.
“The award was a huge surprise and wonderful validation of the shows we put on at Māngere Arts Centre. We are so proud of the work done by the directors, designers, choreographers, musicians and actors as well as the families who supported us.”
About Māngere Arts Centre
Māngere Arts Centre has been delighting audiences with their innovative productions during the April school holidays since 2014.
This year, Mirror Mirror rehearsals ran over an intensive 10-week period involving six professional and 25 community actors, musicians and dancers, supported by professional directors, choreographers, musical directors and designer organised through the centre.
The Auckland Theatre Awards were attended by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as the guest of honour and celebrated professional theatre and productions from all over Auckland, acknowledging the massive scope of creative talent throughout our city.