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Provoking Thought through Talanoa Theatre

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Embargoed for 9th June 2014

Provoking Thought through Talanoa Theatre

A new theatre piece produced by Auckland based Pacific health provider Village Collective aims to reinforce the importance of Talanoa in creating supportive environments for young Pacific people to thrive and make good life choices.

The one hour piece entitled Talanoa: Full Disclosure without Concealment is a collection of five monologues reflecting some of the stories and experiences of young people.

“Academic Sitiveni Halapua sees talanoa as involving frank expression without concealment in face-to-face dialogue, says Village Collective General Manager, Robert Muller. “He also talks about Talanoa being a gradual process that builds and rebuilds a better understanding and is done openly, sensibly and reasonably over time and space.”

“In a similar way, our notion of ‘Talanoa Theatre’ does not attempt to pose or suggest a solution. Rather it’s about provoking thought and discussion for audiences to consider their role in talanoa amongst their family, friends and community; and how the process can support young people.”

“The five monologues reflect some of what young people are going through and echo some of the sentiments young people are sharing with our health promotion team.”

“Ultimately everything we do at Village Collective is about raising a generation of young Pacific people who are confident in themselves and make great life choice. The key to this are the relationships and communciations lines young people have with our peers, family and community.

The theatre piece will be performed at the Mangere Arts Centre for two nights only on the 13th and 14th of June.


For booking visit or call Mangere Arts Centre on (09) 262 5789.

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