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.