The Hobson Theatre Company, established by the Auckland City Mission in 2010, debuts their latest production.

Titled 'The Race' the play discusses experiences of racism the writers have experienced in their lives.

Hobson Theatre Company, Bronwyn Bent says the curtain raiser will show performing arts imitating life.

“The show is made by the guys and the group coming together and writing, sharing their stories, and then we as co-directors help put all of that together into a bigger show.”

Bent says ’The Race’ also showcases skills and talent.

“It provides a space for people to come and be valued for their skills and talents rather than being penalised or things that are lacking in their life.”

The play is centred around racism, but actor Rawiri Sears-Ngatai says that while it's a tough subject, there are a lot of positives about sharing it on the stage.

“At Auckland City Mission has been helping homeless whānau and I was one of them. I've experienced homelessness myself. I've been in the theatre company for about four years, maybe five years now. We came together and said 'why don't we do a show called 'The Race'?'. There is a lot of controversy around racism.”

Every year, the Hobson Theatre Company features in the Auckland Fringe Festival.

According to Bent, but this year they've been invited to perform at the Wellington Fringe Festival.

“We are really excited to be going to the Fringe Festival in Wellington in a few weeks. We are a part of the Auckland Fringe Festival this week. The Fringe Festival is a great way for us to get the show out there and be part of a bigger festival as well.”

The show is currently playing at The Herald Theatre so be quick to snap up tickets.