'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.

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