ASB Theatre, Auckland, 6- 8 September; Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua, 20-21 September
This new work by Black Grace founder Neil Ieremia explores the sometimes challenging realm of Pacific masculinity, drawing on traditional storytelling, song and dance. Premiering in Auckland – the largest Polynesian city in the world – Crying Men follows three generations of Pacific men dealing with the loss of a matriarch who empowered their lives through compassion, strength and tolerance. Acclaimed playwright Victor Rodger has created a “narrative framework” underpinning the piece, and original music was commissioned from local hip-hop talents Anonymouz and Submariner. Warning: includes themes of physical and psychological abuse.