'I am giddy, expectation whirls me round.'
Part of the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival.
The dramatic festivities open with the group who have travelled furthest. Rawiri Paratene (star of Whale Rider) has assembled New Zealand's best Maori actors for a production of Troilus and Cressida. In an exquisite translation by Te Haumihiata Mason, the production will incorporate many aspects of Maori culture; the haka (warrior dance) and waiata (song), especially created by the best composers and choreographers of Aotearoa. Ti hei mauriora!
Seven years into the Trojan War, the Greeks despair over Achilles’ refusal to fight. In Troy, Prince Troilus, brother of Hector and Paris, who loves Cressida, enlists the help of her bawdy uncle Pandarus in uniting them. To Troilus’ fury Cressida is politically traded to the Greeks and becomes the mistress of Diomedes. The death of Patroclus spurs Achilles to fight and an unarmed Hector is murdered. Troilus, anguished over the loss of Cressida and the inevitable loss of Troy vows revenge on Achilles.
Running time: 143 mins
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Te Haumihiata Mason
Directed for the Screen:
Awhina Rose Henare Ashby
What you have to say
Margaret Siudek Margaret Siudek
The hakka in the Maori Troilus & Cressida, especially the second one at the end, during the bows, when members of the audience performed it as well! That'll be my most memorable moment.
Lydia Massey Lydia Massey
Maori Troilus and Cressida. One of the most exciting things I've ever seen in over 40 years of theatre going. The haka-off with the audience was the icing on a spectacular cake.
Stella Hardy Stella Hardy
Seeing a group of young men groundlings join in with the haker at the end of the breath taking performance of Troilus and Cressida sent shivers down my spine. The energy in the theatre that night was tangible and very impressive.
Elyn Friedrichs Elyn Friedrichs
Great audience – lots of laughter – having a camp Pandarus on stage – I couldn't refrain from laughing.
Ian Barnett Ian Barnett
So full of passion.