WHITE CLOUD: SONGS & STORIES
By Tim Finn and Ken Duncum
Directed by Simon Bennett
at BATS, Wellington
From 12 Sep 2012 to 22 Sep 2012
Reviewed by: John Smythe; Ewen Coleman (The Dominion Post); Lynn Freeman (Capital Times);
“Who Are We? Why Does It Matter?”
Two of New Zealand's most celebrated artists combine their talents to examine the cloudy question of identity, and its powerful relationship with place and people.
New songs written by Tim Finn and performed and sung by musicians Brett Adams, Ben King, Chris O'Connor, Lisa Crawley and Kingsley Melhuish weave together with stories and observations brought to life by actors Stephen Lovatt and Dena Kennedy to create an immersive music and spoken word experience.
White Cloud draws on both authors' family histories, letters, journals and photographs going back generations, as well as their own perspectives on the country and culture that bred them.
"Salvage something that we need to remember
From the wreck of history
Family images of fading splendor
Where they lead I'm following ... "