Wai­tangi Day plans

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - RICHARD MAYS

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.

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