If I had super powers it would be the power to talk Māori

- May

In a nutshell:
Riveting family drama / Award-winning writing / Our nation's history on stage

Sensitive, authentic and compelling, Hīkoi is the world premiere of the debut, award-winning play by Nancy Brunning, star of White Lies, Paniora, Top Girls, Purapurawhetu, Waiora and Shortland Street.

It's the 1970s and 80s in New Zealand and two generations of the Miller whanau, swept up in irreversible change, are trying to give voice to what's going on in their lives.

Husband and wife Nellie and Charlie are at odds with each other. With their family's future at stake they can't agree about whether to fight for what they believe in or forge a new future and forget past grievances. Meanwhile, their five hard-case teens, fed up with their parents' silences, secrets and quarrels pack their bags and take off in search of answers.

Hīkoi is an emotional road trip deep into the heart of our country's history and even deeper into the heart of the Miller whanau. Join the family on their journey towards love, forgiveness and discovering who they really are.

Co-produced by Auckland Arts Festival and Hāpai Productions

With support from:

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Photograph: John McDermott


Post-show Thursday 5 March 


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Cast Announcement

Director Nancy Brunning

Performance: Jamie McCaskill, Kali Kopae, Wesley Dowdell, Kura Forrester, Aroha White, Manuel Solomon, Ngakopa Volkerling, Amanda Noblett 

Sound Design: Mara TK, Lighting Design: Jane Hakaraia, Set Design: 12:01 Design House - Jaimee Warda and Wai Mihinui, Kowhaiwhai design: James Rickard, Costume Design: Amy Macaskill 

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