Stacey Leilua

Think of a Garden

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T.A.P.A (Tautua Academy of Performing Arts) in association with the Nathan Homestead presents John Kneubuhl's Think of a Garden - outdoor theatre set against the backdrop of the magnificent historic centre in South Auckland.

Think of a Garden will be the first production for what will be an annual celebration of local talent - "Summer Theatre in the Gardens". Outdoor Theatre is currently a bit of a rarity in the South Auckland region - we want to change that. Furthermore, Think of a Garden presents an integral part of Samoa's history that was first brought to our stage for it's New Zealand premiere in 1993. This is a fantastic opportunity to give local audiences a uniquely memorable Pasifika Theatre experience in their own backyard from one of Samoa's most significant playwrights. Help us re-stage and share this fantastic work!

Think of a Garden opens in American Samoa in 1929 during the tumultuous colonial era of Samoa's struggle for political independence during the non-violent Mau movement. The play centres around the Kreber family; a matriarchal Samoan wife Luisa, her American husband Frank, and their only son David. The Samoan view of family, deference for the dead, behaviour in times of mourning, even concepts of time - all are deftly etched beside the story of Samoa's early move toward independence.

Think of a Garden will play at the beautiful Nathan Homestead for four shows - 25-28 January, at 8pm every night.  The play is directed by Arts Laureate Anapela Polata'ivao, the first  Samoan winner of Best Director at Auckland Theatre Awards for Wild Dogs Under My Skirt in 2016  and stars Roy Ward, Aleni Tufuga and Stacey Leilua alongside graduates from P.I.P.A (The Pacific Institute of Performing Arts). We are proud to be able to not only cast our emerging Pasifika artists in key performance roles alongside professional theatre actors, but to also employ them in production roles like stage management and producing, teaching them integral skills as they take that first step in their careers.

Think of a Garden has some funding, but with donors help, we can lift the production of it even more. We are asking for $5,000 to help offset production and administration costs, to give the play's cast and crew the support they need to stage this high quality piece of theatre.