Waitangi Day plans
You you calling Flatso? Flatso is no insult. It’s a style of 2-D puppetry invented by by Jeffrey Addison and Te Whaitaima Te Whare, who are the inspiration behind Toro Pikipiki puppets.
The pair with their Flatso puppet theatre derived from Indonesian shadow puppets, have been performing around the country, usually in schools and pre-schools, as well as shows for Maori TV, since 1995.
On Saturday there will be two performances of their live interactive musical puppet show Mighty Maui: The Daring Deeds of Ma¯ui in the Globe as part of Te Manawa’s Waitangi Day celebrations.
‘‘We combine eight different legends about Ma¯ui Tikitiki-a¯- Taranga, from his birth to his death, including fishing up the North Island; slowing down the sun, Tama-nui-te-ra¯ ; shape- shifting and bringing fire to humankind,’’ Jeff explains. ‘‘Children and parents in the audience get to play the parts of Maui’s dolphins, Maui’s brothers, fish, flocks of forest birds, and a giant eel called Tunaroa.
‘‘As there are only two of us, and there are around 70 ddifferent puppets, involving the audience is way of making the story epic.’’
The show incorporates 10 original waiata and a haka numeracy game called Numba Haka.
‘‘It’s not all about us. It’s important that the children have a chance to perform and express themselves, and the audience enjoys their first-hand experience much more.’’
More details on Toro Pikipiki are available online at akee.co. Admission to the two Globe Theatre performances at 11am and 2pm is by gold coin koha.
With the assistance of audience children and adults, Maui Tikitiki and his brothers make Tama nui Te Raa chillax during the Toro Pikipiki puppet performance of Mighty Maui: The Daring Deeds of Ma¯ui.