Taniwha Tales

Childrens Theatre Programme, 25 – 29 January, Te Pou Theatre

Buried in the banks of the Whau are stories waiting to be told and this summer children spent a week digging them up and performing them through a new summer programme.

Their playful approach encouraged kids to explore stories about the region, learn about the river and utilise the theatre’s space to create a performance.

The Taniwha Tales holiday programme was devised by Cian Elyse White, after spending time in Colorado. There, she was involved in a project teaching children performance. Their goal was to use the region surrounding them as a jumping-off platform for stories. “The highlight was learning about our own backyard – the mountains, rivers, streams,” White says.

Working with Ronny Hooper they have reached out to kaumatua, the Whau Local Board and EcoMatters Environment Trust to discover stories. “We want to learn as much as we can about area we are situated and drag that into the creative hub,” Hooper says.




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