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Nelson Arts Festival presents THE MOONCAKE AND THE KUMARA

Wed 14 Oct - Thu 15 Oct

The Mooncake and the Kumara is a moving story about a mixed-up, Maori-Chinese love affair that sprouts among rows of potatoes.

Nearly 90 years ago on a New Zealand market garden, two families, one Maori and the other Chinese, became part of a romance that would uproot their lives over generations.

Layered with myth and fable and told in a rich mixture of English, Maori and Cantonese, The Mooncake and the Kumara tells a story intertwined with history, duty, secrets and the delicate balance needed to grow families.

Loosely based on the story of the playwright’s grandparents’ relationship, the play started life as a 10-minute entry, co-written with Te Puea Hansen’s cousin Kiel McNaughton (Shortland Street, Auckland Daze), in the Short + Sweet Theatre Competition, where it won Best Drama.

Produced by The Oryza Foundation for Asian Performing Arts and Betsy & Mana Productions Ltd. Co-produced by the Auckland Arts Festival and premiered at Auckland Arts Festival 2015.

Writer: Mei-Lin Te Puea Hansen
Director: Katie Wolfe

“… delightful, funny and moving and certainly marvellously acted” NATIONAL BUSINESS REVIEW

“a charming celebration of the lingual diversity in New Zealand” TEARAWAY

“completely disarming” RADIO NEW ZEALAND

Show Times

  • Wednesday, 7.30pm
  • Thursday, 7.30pm
  • Ticket Prices

    A Reserve EB
    ( Early Bird - until 31 August )
    B Reserve EB
    ( Early Bird - until 31 August )
    A Reserve Adult
    B Reserve Adult
    A Reserve under 19
    B Reserve under 19
    Dinner and show
    ( Dinner at Harry's Bar and show )

    Dinner and Show

    Pre-show dinner packages for Harry’s Bar (03 539 0905) are available for this show. Package includes an A Reserve ticket, selected main and a tap beer, house wine or juice.
    Table reservations must be made separately with the restaurant by the ticket purchaser.

    When making a booking please advise the restaurant that you have booked a
    dinner/show package for the Nelson Arts Festival. We recommend you book in for an hour and a half prior to show time, this gives you time to enjoy your meal and get over to the show venue.
    Please show the restaurant your show ticket, this will have a code on it that identifies you as having booked a dinner & show package.
    If you are unable to attend the dinner & show, we regret there are no refunds and the booking is not transferable. The dinner/show packages have been put together especially for the Nelson Arts Festival and are not available at other times.

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      Venue: The Theatre Royal

      78 Rutherford St

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