Tipu te Toi: Works in Development


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Dates Venue Times
Sunday 11th Oct Lawson Field Theatre 2pm
Duration : 150 minutes

Every great idea starts somewhere.

Established and emerging playwrights, songwriters, performers and authors preview new works in development and treat us to their passion pieces.

See, hear and experience new voices and stories as they take shape.

Gain insight into the creative process.

Understand the artist’s inspiration, and be amongst the first to discover a new wave of inspired, innovative, imaginative creators.


Presented by The Kerekere Whānau Trust

Bill Kerekere. So much that could be said. So much that could be shared. Now is the time. Through the eyes of his uri, we share his story.There will always be a note missing.

“He created the limelight but was reluctant to stand in it.”

- Bub Wehi


Written by Victor Rodger
Performed by Anapela Polata’ivao

Join us for a rehearsed reading of excerpts from Victor Rodger’s ridiculously riotous comedy.

Three Samoan strangers – a lesbian academic, a closeted right-wing politician and a promiscuous minister – walk into a room. It’s hate at first sight. But this isn’t just any room, as they’re about to find out.

Inspired by Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit and the famous line “hell is other people”, Uma Lava is an outrageous, irreverent comedy of terrors where no sacred cow is left unslaughtered by the provocative pen of playwright Victor Rodger.

“Uma Lava has a joyful, anarchic quality, and shows again that there are few playwrights in New Zealand with the sheer wit, intelligence, and audacity of Victor Rodger.”

- The Theatre Time.


Written and performed by Te Huamanuka Luiten-Apirana

When Kahu, Te Rina and Ariana lose their mum in a fatal car crash, they launch a compulsory nightly Lip Sync to hold their whānau together. But, as the first anniversary of their mum’s passing approaches, the glue that is the fun and shimmer of a Lip Sync, Kanikani & Twerk Off might be enough.

Actor and writer, Manuka Luiten-Apirana grew up in the Waikato before spending her high school years on the East Coast. After leaving Gisborne Girls’ High School, she went on to study acting at South Seas Film and Television School and The Actors’ Program in Auckland. Since graduating, Manuka has worked in the screen industry, known for her role as Shardae on Head High.

Lip Sync, Kanikani & Twerk Off is her first play, written for Te Pou’s Kōanga Festival Playwrights Programme 2020.