Strange Resting Places
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|Fri 1 Jul ’11, 7:30pm–9:30pm||
Where: Old Library Building Arts Centre, 7 Rust Ave, Whangarei
Restrictions: All Ages
- Adult: $25.00
- Senior and student: $18.00
- Booking fees may apply
Event listed by: Ruth Green-Cole
"A spellbinding little gem of a show that will have you laughing a lot and crying just a little. Strange Resting Places is intimate theatre at its best that would be warmly received in a piazza, a marae and anywhere in between." - The Herald (Auckland)
Italy World War II, 1944. A young Maori solder from the 28th Māori Battalion sets out to steal food. An Italian deserter from the fascist army takes cover in a stable. Both find themselves in a potentially deadly stand-off, but with Germans just outside, their survival depends on co-operation.
Originally conceived and written by Paolo Rotondo and Rob Makaraka, who blend their own family histories with those of strangers, Strange Resting Places shines a light on New Zealand’s wartime history, exploring cultural differences to comic effect, as well as the four universals shared with Italians: the love of family, food, seduction and song!
Live music intertwines with drama and comedy in three languages - Māori, English and Italian - in this critically acclaimed Taki Rua production which has toured internationally to festivals in London, Singapore, Australia, and American Samoa, as well as Aotearoa. From the sharing of coffee in the prologue, to the serving of wine and food at the end of each performance, the chemistry between the performers extends outwards to include the audience. Strange Resting Places is inclusive theatre at its best.