SATIRICAL MOCKERY STRIPS WAR OF ALL PRETENSIONS TO NOBILITY
THE MĀORI TROILUS AND CRESSIDA - TOROIHI RĀUA KO KĀHIRA
Written by William Shakespeare
Translated by Te Haumihiata Mason
Director: Rachel House
at Concert Chamber - Town Hall, THE EDGE, Auckland
From 22 Mar 2012 to 24 Mar 2012
[2hrs 30mins, incl. interval]
Reviewed by Paul Simei-Barton, 23 Mar 2012
originally published in New Zealand Herald
Ngakau Toa are offering a brief opportunity to experience a full Maori language Shakespeare before the show travels to London for the Globe to Globe Festival – an extraordinary event that will present all 37 of Shakespeare's plays in 37 different languages.
The production is a remarkable testimony to the transcendent quality of Shakespeare's writing that is somehow able to speak across time and culture.
By setting Troilus & Cressida amongst warring Maori tribes in the period before European contact director Rachel House not only succeeds in illuminating the themes of the play but offers a startling new perspective on Maori culture. [More]
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