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ROMEO AND TUSI


Writers: Oscar Kightley and Erolia Ifopo
Director: Sasha Gibb
Producer: Judy Seluia Iva

at Whitireia Performance Centre, 25-27 Vivian Street, Wellington
From 17 Jan 2013 to 19 Jan 2013

Aotea College, Okowai Road, Porirua
From 9 Apr 2013 to 13 Apr 2013

Little Theatre, Library Bldg, Lower Hutt
From 16 Apr 2013 to 19 Apr 2013

WHITIREIA THEATRE - return season, Wellington
From 30 May 2013 to 1 Jun 2013

Mangere Arts Centre, Auckland
From 3 Sep 2013 to 7 Sep 2013



Reviewed by:  Nancy Catherine FulfordJohn SmytheMaraea RakurakuJohnny Givins;

After a well received season in Wellington, Jandals Inc. is bringing back its production of ‘Romeo and Tusi' for a second bite of the big time! 

A story of two teenagers growing up in a state housing area, whose parents are constantly at war with each other. With fate having them meet at 'the housie', the two fall in love – but will their different ethnicities keep them apart? 

Written by Erolia Ifopo and Oscar Kightley, ‘Romeo and Tusi' takes a hilarious Pacific twist on Shakespeare's timeless classic.

Previously performed as part of the Whitireia Graduate Season, ‘Romeo and Tusi' is performed by a combination of Whitireia's Stage and Screen and Performing Arts graduates. This includes the shows director, Sasha Gibb, who graduated from Whitireia in 2010, and has been assisting with the Whitireia Graduate season for the last two years. Since graduating, Sasha has been working as a Producer/Co-Director for Theatre Company Te Rakau Trust, lead by Artistic Director Jim Moriarty.

‘Romeo and Tusi' is performed as part of Positively Pasifika 2013, made possible by the Wellington City Council.

Where: at Whitireia Performance Centre, 25-27 Vivian Street, Wellington
When: 17th January - 19th January 2013
Time: 6:30pm 

There will be a 1 pm Gala Performance on Saturday 19th January 2013  

April 2013 Tour:

Where: Aotea College, Okowai Road, Porirua.
When: 9th of April - 13th April 2013
Time: 7pm
Matinees: 9th April and 10th of April
Time: 12pm

Where: The Little Theatre, Library Bldg, 2 Queens Dr, Lower Hutt
When: 16th of April – 19th of April
Time: 7pm
Matinees: 17th April, 18th April and 19th April
Time: 11:30 am  

May 2013
Whitireia Performing Arts Centre, 25/27 Vivian Street.
Thursday the 30th of May until Saturday the 1st of June
all 7pm shows.

September 2013
Mangere Arts Centre, 3 - 7 September, 7pm



Cast

AIU HOUSE
Mrs Aiu: Judy Iva
Tusi: Mel Andrew (January) | Seruia Pou (April/May)

HEKE HOUSE
Mrs Heke: Sina Leasuasu
Anaru: Shaun Martin

Minister: Taofi Mose-Tuiloma (January) | Jessie Magurem (April) | Saufoi Fa'avale (May)
Ruby: Matthew Dussler (Jan/May) | Saufoi Fa'avale (Apr)
Cop: Ngahiriwa Rauhina (Jan) | Kahu Taiaroa (Apr/May)

Production team
Production Manager: Shaun Martin
Stage manager - Sandra Malesic
Lighting- Sasha Gibb
Sound- Kayla Gibb
F.O.H- Hugh Phillip