Showing for the vultures
Biting indigenous satire spins a story of familial destruction in the vivid new play by writer Mı¯ria George.
The Vultures will take Hamilton by storm at Playhouse Theatre on October 14, with a story of full of razor-sharp barbs, inspired by conversations of privilege, clean water and iwi Ma¯ori navigating through a post-settlement world.
Sister nurse Hinemoa and her siblings, magazine magnate Atawhai and prodigious businessman Petera, were raised in the glow of privilege and a seemingly endless summer.
But long after their idyllic childhood at the lake, the race for wealth and empire have splintered the wha¯nau. To resolve the matter of their land the siblings have been called together and they must agree to expand the empire… even if it means destroying the world in the process.
Despite the heavy subject matter, The Vultures is a comedy, a Ma¯ori Royal Tenenbaums if you will, with an all-star cast of actors including Nicola Kawana (best known as Huia on Shortland Street) and Te Kohe Tuhaka.
The Vultures, Saturday, October 14 at Playhouse Theatre - Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato. Tickets $20 - $25. For more information and booking visit www.waikato.ac.nz/academy/events
Nicola Kawana stars in The Vultures.