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MAUI - ONE MAN AGAINST THE GODS



Director . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tanemahuta Gray
Choreographer . . . . . . . Merenia Gray
Assistant Director . . . . .Geoff Pinfield
Climbing Director . . . . . Nick Creech
Kapa haka . . . . . . . . . . . Tanemahuta Gray, Kereama Te Ua, Kura Te Ua, Tuirina Wehi

at Civic Theatre, Auckland
From 18 Apr 2007 to 29 Apr 2007

Founders Theatre, Hamilton
From 2 May 2007 to 6 May 2007

Westpac St James, Wellington
From 9 May 2007 to 13 May 2007



Reviewed by:  Kate Ward-SmytheNik SmytheJohn SmytheLynn Freeman (Capital Times); Melody Nixon (The Lumiere Reader);

Stirring kapa haka and spectacular aerial theatre unite in this stunning theatre production that tells the story of Maui's life - a thrilling journey of the senses in which gods fly and one man defies them all. Join 27,000 New Zealanders who have already been enchanted by Maui - One Man Against The Gods.

Maui is the story of a rebel. An outcast young warrior, reared in miraculous circumstances, grows up away from his family and from the norms of his people. Upon returning, he refuses to accept the social and natural limitations of his world. Daring to think big and possessing the charismatic talents to realise his ambition, Maui repeatedly challenges his surroundings as he strives to impose his will on the world.

From the moment of his birth, Maui is marked for both greatness and tragedy. As he steals the secret of flame from the goddess of fire, pulls land from the bottom of the ocean and traps the god of the sun, his achievements begin to transcend mortal limits. Yet, even as he artfully accomplishes these feats, his own sense of glory tragically drives him to challenge the limits of mortality itself.

Staged over 2 hours with a cast of 20 performers, Maui is a dynamic mix of kapa haka, aerial theatre and contemporary dance with an original score featuring traditional Mori instruments.

See Maui live on its 2007 North Island tour of New Zealand—

AUCKLAND: 18-29 April, The Civic at THE EDGE®

HAMILTON: 2-6 May, Founders Theatre

WELLINGTON: 9-13 May, Westpac St James Theatre

Book at Ticketek. More information is available at www.mauitheshow.com



Music

Composer . . . . . . . . . . . . Gareth Farr
Nga taonga puoro . . . . . . Richard Nunns
Additional Music . . . . . . . Ross Harris, Witi Ihimaera
Vocal Director . . . . . . . . . .Louise Clark

Story & Lyrics

adapted from the legends of Maui, as told in the oral traditions of Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Stageplay . . . . . . . . Andre Anderson, Tanemahuta Gray, Geoff Pinfield
Te reo Mori . . . . . Mere Boynton, Greg Crayford, Tanemahuta Gray, Tiahuia Gray, Haunui Hepa, Toni Huata, Tamati Patuwai, Wilson Poha, Toa Wäka, Tuirina Wehi
Dramaturgy . . . . . . Philippa Campbell, Hone Kouka

Design

Set . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tolis Papazoglou
Costumes . . . . . . . . . . . Gillie Coxill
Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . Martyn Roberts
Costume Carvings . . .  Winiata Tapsell

Cast & Climbers

Maui . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tamati Patuwai, Jason Te Patu
Hine-nui-te-P . . . . . Toni Huata, Olivia Violet Robinson
Tama-nui-te-Ra . . . .  Te Kohe Tuhaka, Tamati Patuwai
Taranga . . . . . . . . . . . Kirsten Te Rito, Toni Huata
Brothers . . . . . . . . . .  Maaka Pepene, Matu Ngaropo, Jacob Tamaiparea, Jason Te Patu, Kereama Te Ua, Te Kohe Tuhaka

Ensemble
Sacha Copland, Jack Gray, Carrie Lawrence, Claire Lissaman, Maaka Pepene, Olivia Violet Robinson, Taiaroa Royal, Kura Te Ua, Tuirina Wehi, Liana Yew
Aerialists
Sacha Copland, Pipi-Ayesha Evans, Claire Lissaman, Taiaroa Royal, Jenny Ritchie, Alexandra Sim, Kura Te Ua, Tuirina Wehi
Climbers
Kester Brown, Nick Creech, Aaron Grant, Tom Hoyle, Craig Hanham

Technical
Costume Construction Gillie Coxill: Get Frocked, Spaceworks: Frank Cowlrick, Zoe Fox, Cathy Harris, Sarah Muir, Emily Smith
Set Construction Stage Right: Simon McMillan,Dave Barltrop, Darlene Bennett, Craig Hanham, Debs Ruffell
Sound Glen Ruske: Redd Acoustics

Crew
Stage Hands: Melinda Brown, Daniel Christensen, Sam Stuart
Lighting Operator: Darren McKane
Sound Operator: Ben Rentoul
Props Manager: Tim Kaye
Wardrobe: Zoe Fox, Sarah Muir

Tikanga Mori

Kaumatua . . . . . . . . . . Sir Tipene O'Regan
Kuia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tiahuia Gray, Vera Morgan

Advice Te reo Mori Te Taura Whiri i te Reo: Hmi Piripi, Tama Kirikiri, Lee Smith

Management

Creative Producer . . . . .Andre Anderson
Executive Producer . . . .Richard Boon
Stage Manager . . . . . . . .Mandy Perry
Technical Manager . . . . Andrew Gibson
Wardrobe Manager . . . . Zoe Fox

Marketing

Design DNA
Publicist: Sally Woodfield
Photography: Diederik van Heyningen, Nick Servian, Colleen Tunnicliff, Leon Rose
TV Commercial: Rob Sarkies, Raewyn Humphries
Website CSolutions: Richard Berridge

Pilot Production: Te Ao Marama - 19-22 February 2003, The Awakening World, Te Whaea Theatre: National Dance and Drama Centre, Wellington
World Premiere: Westpac St James Theatre, 25 May - 5 June 2005, Chief Executive: Celia Walmsley

2007 North Island Tour:
Auckland: The Civic, The Edge®
Hamilton: Founders Theatre
Wellington: Westpac St James Theatre