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Kia ora BATSters - Mon, 20 Sep 2004

Mon, 20 Sep 2004

Kia ora BATSters

"Fiona Truelove created, wrote, produced and performed this remarkable play and has done a superb job on all counts. She is a joy to watch on stage, exquisitely expressive in every way. Jerome Leota is every bit her equal as a performer, as he seamlessly transforms from the heavy-handed, heavy-hearted mother to the Eel God to a live percussive musician...Enhancing the production from start to finish is Jo Bunce¹s striking lighting design, showing just what can be done with a square box theatre with a lot of imagination. " - Lynn Freeman (Capital Times, National Radio)

Fiona Truelove rewrites myth from the perspective of a New Zealand-born Tongan-Irish woman in Leaving the Underworld, on at BATS until Saturday.

BOOK NOW for any performance - simply reply to this email with your name, number of tickets and date you wish to attend. We will reply to confirm your booking and you can pay when you come to the show.

Coming up next at BATS - Albert Speer starring Paul McLaughlin and a stellar Wellies cast.

x the BATS crew

Leaving the Underworld Season: Wednesday 15 - Saturday 25 September Time: 7pm Tickets: $15 full $12 concession

'Leaving the Underworld' is a devised performance exploring identity in New Zealand¹s immigrant culture, and draws on the talents of its creator and performer Truelove, award-winning choreographer Louise Potiki-Bryant, well-known actor/director Nancy Brunning, and Naked Samoan Jerome Leota.

Truelove hopes to take Pacific Island theatre into a new direction, saying it was important for me to go back pre-colonisation and explore storytelling in a way my ancestors might have. People can come to think myths aren¹t relevant to their lives, subsequently I don¹t know what my culture is so I have to write modern-day myths to find out who I am.

Truelove believes that it is this very water that appears to divide us that actually draws us all together. New Zealanders are all Pacific Islanders, we are a Pacific Island nation and need to define our own stories. ********************************************

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