ASB season of
By Briar Grace-Smith Directed by Simon Prast Original Music by Gareth Farr
14 FEB - 17 MAR 2001 — Drama
Auckland Theatre Company
Haruru Mai tells the story of a Maori Battalion veteran who returns to his Northland hometown after forty years. His arrival revives anxieties over land, family and Maori participation in the war. He becomes romantically involved with Paloma and, haunted by the death of a fellow Maori soldier, shelters a young man battling his own demons.
Haruru Mai demonstrates the epic sweep and poetic lyricism of Briar Grace-Smith’s writing and is a moving tale of community, love and loss, and ultimately redemption.
The strength of Briar Grace-Smith's writing lies in its unique blend of the domestic comedy of human relationships and the framework in which they are held. The mundane and the spiritual coexist in powerful but uneasy tension...