Te Rākau presents a moving story about friendship, loyalty, madness and redemption – seen through the eyes of a Battalion veteran, and relayed to his wayward young charges. Sent back to their Whānau in the ‘one cow town’ of Tamariri, George and Rimini aren’t interested in any of the locals or their family history – they just want to get back to the city.
It was the same for five young men in 1939. Drawn by the excitement of war, they run away to the army and join the 28th Māori Battalion. Thus begins their adventure of a lifetime, from their training in England to their first encounter with the enemy in Greece – to one fateful night in an olive grove in Crete.
Jim Moriarty directs a passionate and talented cast of young New Zealanders in a performance that will stir, inspire and educate audiences.
E neke, Pōneke – come on Wellington, get your marching boots on and join us at Studio 77, Victoria University, Wellington for the opening night of The Battalion.