(Letters Home)


15 Oct 2021


6:00 pm - 7:25 pm


General Admission $25 | Concession $22.50


Lawson Field Theatre
Lawson Field Theatre

Ka-Shue (Letters Home) is an epic story of love, laughter, and loss, spanning one hundred years between China and New Zealand through the eyes of a Chinese family struggling to resettle in Aotearoa.  

‘Ka-Shue’ is a Cantonese phrase for ‘Home Book’ a poetic term covering everything about home, love, and alienation. Life is experienced through the eyes of three generations of the Leung family as they are swept across continents and time; the Second World War, the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989, and the infamous buried history of the Poll Tax in New Zealand, £100 levied against Chinese migrants only (1896 to 1944). 

Ka-Shue (Letters Home) encompasses a broad sweep of the political events between the two countries as a backdrop for the personal dramas of the five characters played by one actor. 

Performed in English and Cantonese. There will be a post-show talk with Lynda Chanwai-Earle following the performance.

Image credit: Dianna Thomson Photography, TAHI Festival 2020.

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