KŪPAPA by Nicola Kāwana 
Whakaari Matihiko - a digital theatre experience 

Sunday 3 October 7pm - Saturday 9 October 2021 

Mātakitaki Mai | Whakarongo Mai
TĪKITI: $10 | Duration: 50mins

"thought-provoking, urgent, dramatic, funny and extremely moving" Theatrescenes, July 2021 

This Kōanga Festival, we invite you to this audio visual online experience of KŪPAPA, the debut play by acclaimed actress Nicola Kāwana.

KŪPAPA was presented at Te Pou Theatre as part of Matariki this year. Now is your chance to watch the digital version as Kāwana takes us into the mind, the heart and the soul of controversial figure Lucy "Takiora" Lord.

In 1868, Lord returns to her turangawaewae to work alongside the militia in the Taranaki Land Wars. Fiercely independent and ambitious, Lucy lives outside the expectations for women of her time. She is determined to define her place to stand, on her terms. But at what cost? KŪPAPA is not a story of redemption or condemnation, it's a story of humanity. The story of Lucy Lord has been told by men for generations. It's time for wāhine to do her justice.   

This whakaari is intended to be experienced in the comfort of your own whare, listening to the evocative script by Nicola Kāwana which is accompanied by a filmic interpretation of the live performance. This is an audio forward experience that is accompanied by a moving portraiture style filmic interpretation of the live performance which bring forward moments of connection, motifs, movement and tableau and showcases the beautiful artwork, design and performances of our KŪPAPA theatre makers. 

Recommendations for the experience:
- Headphones
- Device, viewing in landscape and full screen 

So, brew a yourself a tea in your favourite pot, settle in to your favourite spot
with your device and headphones for this audio and visual experience of Kūpapa by Nicola Nāwana available until midnight 9 October 2021

Te Pou Theatre would like to thank Theresa Gattung, Creative New Zealand and Foundation North who supported this project.

Te whānau o KŪPAPA

Kaituhi: Nicola Kāwana 

Ringatohu: Erina Daniels

Ringatohu (Whakaari matihiko): Amber Curreen

Kaiwhakaari: Renaye Tamati, Lana Garland, Nicola Kāwana 

Kaihanga: Jane Hakaraia

Mātanga whakaari: Gary Henderson
Kaiwhakarite oro: Paige Pomana
Kaiwhakahaere atamira/ kaiwhakaari: Teiaro Taikato

Kaiwhakahaere whakaari: Amber Curreen, Chloe Weavers

Kaiwhakahaere hanga whakaari:  Lucie Everett-Brown
Ringatoi (Sand Artist): Marcus Winter
Kaitautoko kakahu: Marion Prebble

Kaihopuata: Komako Silver

Audio Recording: Crescendo Studios

Photography: Andie Crown Photography 


foundation-north white png.png

Supported by Theresa Gattung