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Written by Miria George and Jamie McCaskill
Composer: Hone Hurihanganui
+ original music written by Kali Kopae and Jamie McCaskill
Directed by Hone Kouka
Tawata Productions

at Soundings - Te Papa, Wellington
From 9 Mar 2010 to 10 Mar 2010

Otaki College, Otaki
11 Mar 2010

Pataka Museum, Porirua
From 12 Mar 2010 to 13 Mar 2010

Circa Two, Wellington
From 16 Jun 2010 to 26 Jun 2010

Glen Eden Playhouse, Auckland
From 25 Aug 2010 to 28 Aug 2010

Old Boy’s Theatre, Christ’s College, Christchurch
From 19 Aug 2011 to 21 Aug 2011

Circa Two - return season, Wellington
From 21 Sep 2011 to 1 Oct 2011

FAHS Theatre: Feilding High School, Feilding
From 15 Feb 2013 to 23 Feb 2013

Centrepoint, Palmerston North
From 6 Mar 2013 to 14 Mar 2013

Reviewed by:  John SmytheLaurie Atkinson [Reproduced with permission of Fairfax Media] (The Dominion Post); Lynn Freeman (Capital Times); Phoebe SmithPaul Simei-Barton (New Zealand Herald); Lindsay ClarkJames McKinnonAlan Scott (The Press); Richard Mays;

He Reo Aroha Returns Home to the New Zealand Stage for the New Zealand International Arts Festival

“...a theatrical breath of fresh air...” NZ Herald

Crowd pleasing musical He Reo Aroha returns to the New Zealand stage as part of the New Zealand International Arts Festival's RESTAGE initiative helping to develop local work to its full potential.

He Reo Aroha has been touring Taranaki, Rotorua and Manukau as well as internationally to festivals in Canada, Australia and Hawai'i.

Written by Miria George and Jamie McCaskill and directed by Hone Kouka, He Reo Aroha is the love story of childhood sweethearts Kaia, performed by Kali Kopae, and Pascoe performed by Jamie McCaskill. Together they tell their compelling story of the redemptive powers of love and music through beautiful original waiata.

Produced by Tawata Productions, He Reo Aroha has been part of the Honouring Theatre Festivals in New Zealand and Australia, Maoli Arts Festival in Hawai'i, Taranaki International Festival of the Arts (NZ), Planet IndigenUS Festival I Toronto (Canada). The Honouring Theatre Festivals have the goal of establishing a network of presenting and collaboration opportunities for indigenous performers.

Established in 2001 by internationally acclaimed writer Hone Kouka, Tawata Productions is a kaupapa Mâori theatre company dedicated to producing the very best of emerging Maori theatre in Aotearoa by ensuring that works are of the highest quality, and that Mâori writers continue their creative growth.

Tawata Productions is committed to sharing the unique, and the diverse voice of Mâori within Aotearoa, and the world.

He Reo Aroha is presented with support from Creative New Zealand and Te Puni Kôkiri.

WHEN: 9-10 March 2010
WHERE:  Soundings Theatre, Te Papa

WHEN: 11 March 2010
WHERE: Otaki College

WHEN:  12-13 March 2010
WHERE: Pataka Museum, Porirua 
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WHEN:  16-26 June 2010
WHERE: Circa Two, Wellington 

Kali Kopae & Jamie McCaskill

Christchurch "Arts Festival 2011: Jamie McCaskill's roles played by Tola Newberry.