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13 - 17 June

The World's First Lovers


Event duration icon Duration

60 mins

The World's First Lovers

Written by Jessica Latton (Kāi Tahu, Waitaha)

A heady mix of uniquely Kāi Tahu narrative and a pulsating, smoke-filled, ‘80s Ōtepoti.

Forged in Te Wai Pounamu and revealed in an ethereal world of theatre, dance and sound, this new work from Jessica Latton (Kāi Tahu, Waitaha), pays homage to Hineahuone…and reminds us all how deeply we belong.

“Being Indigenous in a colonised country has been an intrepid navigation. Being an Indigenous woman in a colonised patriarchy has been a minefield; soothing and cajoling those who have power, apologising always for speaking, standing, existing. Living in the cracks to survive it. Not any more. We refuse. We make space in the world for ourselves, and so for our children. We are the uri of Rangi and Papa. We walk in the light on the earth that loves us.” - Metiria Turei (Development Creative 2021/2022)

This work has the potential to become a defining piece of Ōtepoti and Kāi Tahu theatre.
Pantograph Punch
Content Warning

PG Use of haze, strobe and low level lighting. References to suicide, violence and trauma.

There is a complete lock out for this show.

Creative Team

Writer: Jessica Latton

Director: Juanita Hepi

Producer: H-J Kilkelly

Cast: Jessica Latton, Nick Tipa, Grace Turipa, Manu Syme-Hepi and Catherine Duval

Taoka Puoro: Ben Whitaker

Set Design: Mark McEntyre and Tony De Goldi (GOM Arts Collective)

Costume Design: Amber Bridgman

Lighting Design: Marty Roberts

Sound Design - Tristan Dingemans

Production Manager: Sahara Pohatu-Trow