Please use your device in portrait mode.

Auckland Arts Festival: Pacific poetry meets theatre

Auckland Arts Festival: Pacific poetry meets theatre

Jarod Rawiri reading from a script while rehearsing for UPU
Nicola Kawana rehearsing for UPU, working with a script.
The cast of UPU seated around a table, working with their scripts

Curator Grace Taylor is helping bring to light a variety of older works by Pacific poets, and theatre director Fasitua Amosa has formed these into the show Upu, which means 'words' in Samoan.

The poems are from different perspectives and are the work of writers scattered across the Pacific - from the Marshall Islands, Guam, Hawai'i and Tonga.

Taylor said it was an emotional start to the process of creating the show.

When we had the read through at the first rehearsal, it was emotional for me because I am just so glad that people from different walks of life coming to this show will get to hear the works of Pacific poets. We reached out to every single poet featured in this show and they all give their blessing and are humbled to have their work on stage. None of them said no...

→ To continue reading this article and hear an interview by RNZ, click here

The Blind Date Project