23 Apr 2017

Bringing Te Reo Maori to the Stage

From Standing Room Only, 1:30 pm on 23 April 2017

It's still a rare thing to have the chance to see an English play translated into Maori. The Merchant of Venice was turned into a te reo film and another Shakespeare play Troilus and Cressida was peformed in Maori here and in the UK. Now New Zealand writer Gary Henderson's play, Mo and Jess Kill Susie about a hostage drama, set in the near future, has been translated into te reo by Te Pou an Auckland Maori theatre company. Lynn Freeman takes some time with Ani-Piki Tuari and Krystal-lee Brown and finds out about translating into Te Reo and staging a production of this kind.