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Summer Theatre in the Gardens launches at Nathan Homestead with a Pacific classic

Published: 18 January 2018
Photo credit: Vela Manusaute

A new Summer Theatre in the Gardens event launches next week in Nathan Homestead’s idyllic gardens with Think of a Garden by John Kneubuhl. In the thought-provoking production, talented local stars will take the stage in four open-air theatre performances from 25 to 28 January.

Premiering at Auckland’s Watershed Theatre in 1993, Think of a Garden remains a relevant and powerful classic of Pacific theatre.

The partly autobiographical play is touchingly personal in its exploration of alienation and cultural identity and offers a candid look at American Samoan writer Kneubuhl’s bicultural upbringing, artfully weaving together family memory, history and mysticism.

Nathan Homestead Facility Manager Echo Janman is delighted to see Summer Theatre in the Gardens staged against the picturesque backdrop of the historic Nathan Homestead and launch with such a powerful Pacific play.

“This intimate garden setting perfectly complements Kneubuhl’s rich bi-lingual text. Directed by Anapela Polata'ivao and featuring a star-studded cast including Roy Ward, Matt Chamberlain, Stacey Leilua, Aleni Tufuga, Joachim Koro, Petmal Lam and Ausdan Selesele, this is a show not to be missed.”

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Photo credit: Vela Manusaute

Built in 1925, Nathan Homestead is situated in the David Nathan Park and gardens, just off the southern motorway, and offers free parking. With a limited summer season of four performances only, book your tickets now!

Summer Theatre in the Gardens is produced by local theatre company, Tautua Aiga of Performance Art (TAPA) in association with Nathan Homestead, a community arts facility supported by the Manurewa Local Board.

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