Samoa Mo Samoa

Mangere Arts Centre, Auckland

22/03/2011 - 26/03/2011

Production Details


Le Mau Production Team debuts its exciting new play Samoa mo Samoa, in a work that captures a time of colonial rule versus a nation upholding its people, culture and way of life, a small nation that refused to be silenced. From the vision of one man (Lauaki) to the explosive sacrifice of another (Tamasese) in the tapestry of what was Samoa is unravelled in Samoa mo Samoa.

From the local community Obed Unasa has sought and brought together like-minded individuals with a passion for Samoa to tell a piece of history. As a producer Obed was inspired by his grandfather who was part of the Mau movement in which he and a small group advised General Richardson on Samoan culture and matai traditions. Obed saw universal themes from the struggles which are relevant for today’s Pacific Island people in New Zealand – and courage is one of them.

With his passion and courage to get this project underway, he enlisted the creative team of playwright Jeanie Tualima to deliver a thought-provoking play with director Edward Peni (Actor: The Crucible, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Clockwork Orange and many more). The ensemble cast is littered with young dynamic actors of Pacific descent ready to stamp their mark on the thespian arena.

Like all community projects, it has been created with no budget and through love; passion and drive, Obed and his team bring you a slice of history with professionalism and commitment.

Samoa mo Samoa
March 22nd to March 26th
7:30 pm
Mangere Arts Centre – corner of Orly Drive and Bader Drive – Mangere.
Phone (09) 262 5789 or email  for bookings.

ADULTS – $15
GROUP PASS – (5 people plus) – $10
STUDENTS – $7.50    

Lauaki Namulaulu Mamoe       Hans Masoe
Quan Li                                         Henry Hung Li Cheng
Taisi Olaf Frederick Nelson      Adam Samu
Solomone                                     Kopano Simanu
Saito                                               Raymond Leaia
Mata'afa                                         Valentino Maliko ,
General Richardson                   Phil Brooks / Glen Pickering
Officer Worthington                      Ben Legg
Officer Harriman                           KC Throne Myers
Ala Lealofi                                      Nastassia Wolfgramm
Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III       Samson Chan-Boon
Lt. Colonel Stephen Allen           Rohan Glynn 

Creative Arts team:  
Original Music and Lauaki's Lauga - Manu Fa'aea-Semeatu 
Stage Manager / Costumes / Props / Set Designer / Photographer - Monique van der Kolk   
Sound Technician - Benjamin Ng
Lighting Designer - Katrina Chandra
Lighting Technician - Mark de Jong
Le Mau Group producers:   Peter Apulu, Pei Helen Amituanai, Manu Fa'aea-Semeatu, Buchanan Niuapu, Edward Peni, Jeanie J. Tualima, Monique van der Kolk, Rev Obed Unasa.  

Love, passion and conviction

Review by Nick Bakulich 04th Apr 2011

The curtain was drawn last Saturday [26 March] on a one week season of the short play called Samoa Mo Samoa, produced by the Le Mau Group and performed at the new Mangere Arts Centre.

The play is based on the famous and historical non-violent Mau Movement of Samoa. Characters include the Movement’s leaders and members of the then governing New Zealand administration.

The intimacy and closeness of the stage to the audience was a perfect setting as young actors Samson Chan-Boon and Nastassia Wolfgramm depicted their characters of Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III and Ala Lealofi respectively, with much distinction well beyond their youthfulness.

An energetic cast made for intense viewing as attendees were treated to pieces of moving singing. The story of love for his wife and that of the passion and strong conviction that Tupua Tamasese had for his people was well potrayed by Chan-Boon and his colleagues.

Finally, as we all know it, Tupua was shot dead. The scene came to a halt. Silence. And then much sorrow. You would have thought the cast had occupied audience seats, only to realise that most Samoans amongst the audience were able to shed tears as if they were there that dark day in Samoa’s history.

In true Pacific fashion the audience was led in an impromptu singing of ‘Ua faafetai’ to thank the cast and the production team by one of its own sons, the local MP Su’a William Sio, as the curtain closed one final time.

A wonderful play, Samoa Mo Samoa is a real tribute to this amazing story of peace and humanity, seeking to overcome a regime that inflicted a crime for which only recently the people of Samoa have been given an apology. 
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