Famous play 'Chairs' gets an NZ reversion
'Chairs' is a comedic tragedy written for the stage more the 60 years ago by a Frenchman.
Now the iconic play has been reversion for NZ audiences by using four languages: English, Samoan, Cantonese and te reo Māori.
Producer and lead actor Amber Cureen says this is the first time a play has been performed in te reo Māori where the actors are wearing masks.
"Ko te mahi o ēnei matarua, ēnei mata kōkako o rēhia he hononga i waenga i te commedia dell'arte, tētahi momo āhua o te mahi whakaari me ngā āhuatanga o te Māori."
She says this event plays into their strategy, which involves reviving te reo Māori through theatre house productions around the country.
"He mea mīharo ēnei matarua hei whakanui i te reo Māori. Ko tēnei te wā tuatahi ka kite koe i ēnei matarua i roto i tētahi whakaari reo Māori anake."
You can watch the play at Te Pou Theatre from 18 - 21 July.