Date: June 29th, 2022 - July 2nd, 2022
Directed by Meg Andrews
Starring Mark Wilson, Āria Harrison-Sparke, and Jordan Henare
This Matariki, get cosy in our outdoor amphitheatre for a night under the stars to enjoy the premiere of a new play by Mark Wilson – .co.nz
The countdown begins for the first Matariki being recognised as a public holiday in Aotearoa. The internet is divided as to whether it is a great idea or a breach of the kiwi way. As the stars of Matariki rise in the night sky, three friends contemplate their stagnation, relationship, and their place within their culture. As they explore the core concepts of Matariki, technology and assimilation threaten to perpetuate a cycle of generational and institutionalised violence further distancing them from their traditions and their whakapapa.
Can their wairua survive the constant attack against Te Ao Māori in the online sociosphere whilst also managing to reconcile past misconceptions against their culture? Or will globalisation and elitism within their culture push them further away?
The intention of the event is to educate and inspire our community through the medium our culture excels at – storytelling. We wish to reflect on the first Matariki recognised as a public holiday, we wish to reflect on what it took for our nation to get here and what it means for generations to come: Acknowledge the past and look to the future.
.co.nz is an absurdist exploration of Māori culture and spirituality through the lens of three unlikely friends and their interactions with the ever-growing and persisting online world. It is an exploration of Te Ao Māori through the lens of Matariki, its meanings, its philosophy, and its customs. The play’s themes of reflection, meditation, mourning, acceptance, and most importantly – the celebration – will endeavor to strengthen the Wairuatanga of patrons and characters alike.
The play will explore hard-hitting themes centralised around institutionalised discrimination in an ever-present online world. How do we address hate? How do we reconcile it? How do we reconnect with our culture? How do we educate about our culture? How do we empower people through Te Ao Māori and how do we celebrate it?
What to bring!
Matariki is a harvest holiday and we intend to celebrate it as such. We will strive to provide kai for audience members and accommodate everyone for a night under the stars: blankets, warm drinks etc. We encourage you to dress warmly for a winter’s night outside – bring blankets, pillows, and anything that will make you feel as comfy as possible!