18 May 2022

Hokianga-London: Mahanga Mitchell taking Te Reo to the Globe

From Nine To Noon, 11:30 am on 18 May 2022


Kathryn speaks with an 18 year old from Hokianga, who translated Shakespeare into Te Reo and is now representing Aotearoa at the Globe.

Mahanga Mitchell hadn't performed theatre, let alone Shakespeare, before about a year ago. But his Whangarei Boy's High kaiako persuaded him to give it a go.

It turns out he has quite the talent. Mahanga won hearts and minds after translating Henry IV's Welsh character Owen Glendower's lines into Māori, and also by playing Banquo's ghost in Macbeth. Mahanga is now a member of  Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand, one of the young Kiwis selected to appear at the Globe in London in July.

The former Whangarei Boys deputy head boy is fundraising for the trip.