1869 WELLINGTON ON STAGE AT TE PAPA
It’s 1869 at the bottom of the world
The British Army gone and left
Māori and Pākehā to fight it out
The Māori kuri
like its master
an inferior, ugly, savage animal
not to be given an inch
…or a bone.
Set in Wellington in 1869, Te Rākau’s Dog & Bone paints a time in our city’s history when savage lives were cheap, hungry colonial greed ruled, and the realised power of public perception changed our country’s race relations forever.
Helen Pearse-Otene’s (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Rongomaiwahine-Kahungungu) extensive research for the play included settlers’ and Armed Constabulary diaries, newspaper articles, and ngā kupu tuku iho (oral histories) of local Iwi.
The play is the second in our quartet of plays about the settlement of Wellington and follows on from The Ragged(’s) (Wellington 1840) successful season at Soundings Theatre, Te Papa in January 2015.
Te Rākau Theatre Trust again invites you all on our journey into Wellington’s past, present and future in Te Ao Hurihuri (the everchanging world).
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