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Where We Once Belonged


Thu 4 Nov 2010, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Fri 5 Nov 2010, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Sat 6 Nov 2010, 7:30pm–9:00pm

Where: Mangere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku, Corner Orly Avenue & Bader Drive, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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PIPA - Pacific Institute of Performing Arts, Diploma Year Two Students present their grad show: Where We Once Belonged by Sia Figiel, adapted for the stage by Dave Armstrong.

From Dave Armstrong, the author of Niu Sila and The Tutor, comes this emotionally charged adaptation of Sia Figiel’s spirited and fiercely written Commonwealth Prize winning novel.

Where We Once Belonged is a hilarious, moving and heartfelt tale of desire and self discovery. It is an unflinchingly honest, poetic and often wildly funny coming-of-age story set in 1970s Samoa.

Alofa, Lili and Moa are typical teenage girls. They tease the local boys, misbehave at school and worship Charlie’s Angels. But there is a darker side to Alofa’s life. She struggles to win the acceptance of her unforgiving family.

As young Alofa Filiga navigates the mores and restrictions of village life, she begins to come to terms with her own changing identity and the price she must pay for it.

Where We Once Belonged won a Chapman Tripp theatre award for best new New Zealand Play in 2008.

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