Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Goodbye My Feleni

Goodbye My Feleni

Goodbye My Feleni (Goodbye My Friend) is the first-ever play to explore the experiences of the almost forgotten Pacific Islands soldiers who fought on the battlefields of Europe with D “Ngati Walkabout” Company of the 28th (Māori) Battalion.

Rich with Pasifika humour, song and storytelling, the play explores war’s impact on relationships between men, their families, their cultures and their homelands.

Papakura Military Camp, summer 1942. Simi, Tama and SIone, three naïve, adventure-hungry lads, prepare to embark for the battlefields of North Africa as reinforcements for the Māori Battalion. Excited about the prospect of “travelling the world and killing Nazis”, the boys are shaken out of their gung-ho, shoot ‘em up dreams by the battle-hardened, Niuean sergeant Ete Masani who soon makes them realise exactly how much is at stake.

A Samoan, a Niuean and a Cook Islander, the boys are thousands of miles from home and family, in another country’s army, and about to fight a war that’s halfway round the world. Why are they here? Where do they belong? Who are they fighting for?

Goodbye My Feleni is an all new script and cast, featuring the next generation of powerhouse Pasifika actors including Dominic Ona Ariki (The Brave, My Bed My Universe), Shadon Meredith (Hypothesis One, Le Tonu, The Arrival), Pua Magasiva (Shortland Street, Sione’s Wedding) and Shimpal Lelisi (Naked Samoans, bro’Town, A Frigate Bird Sings).

Entirely unique and sensitively drawn, the critically acclaimed Goodbye My Feleni is written by award-winning Samoan playwright D F Mamea, produced by Jenni Heka, and directed by Amelia Reid-Meredith (Le Tonu).

28-30 August 2014 at 8pm
31 August 2014 at 6pm (duration 90 minutes)
Playhouse Theatre, 15 Glendale Road, Glen Eden
Tickets from eventfinda: www.eventfinder.co.nz
For further information: www.goingwestfest.co.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Wellington Rugby Zeroes: Sevens To Move To Hamilton

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester: “The Sevens has been a big part of recent Wellington history but it was time for the event to move on… Wellingtonians have been voting with their feet in the last few years and we’ve seen the result in dwindling crowd numbers and lower ticket sales.” More>>

ALSO:

Matafeo & Dravid: The Billy T And Fred Award Winners For 2017

At the final show of the 2017 NZ International Comedy Festival powered by Flick Electric Co. the Festival came to a close after 115 shows in Auckland and 68 shows in Wellington. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: What’s Fair? Tax and Fairness

This is an excellent and timely book, since apart from general statements about increasing or mostly reducing tax, there has been very little comment or debate as to whether we should pay tax at all and how much tax should each of us pay. More>>

Ockham Awards: Globally Lauded Novelist Wins NZ’s Biggest Fiction Prize

Internationally renowned Ngāruawāhia resident Catherine Chidgey has won New Zealand’s richest writing award, the $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, for her novel The Wish Child. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland