- Catch a show at the Taonga Whakaari - Maori Playwrights Festival in Auckland

May 23, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News divulges anyone booking accommodation in Auckland in June should ensure that they see at least one performance from the Taonga Whakaari - Maori Playwrights Festival.

This inaugural event has been designed to celebrate Maori culture and will feature a host of shows created by members of the Maori community.

Among the performances scheduled to take part during the week-long event, which will run from June 16th to 23rd, are classic play Purapurawhetu and a new production Raising the Titanics.

Purapurawhetu has won theatrical awards since its debut in 1997 and the current production is directed by Cathy Downes.

It centres around the story of a young weaver whose village community's past, present and future is intricately linked to his own.

Another event that forms part of the theatre festival is the 24-Hour Deadline Theatre Challenge.

This will see five Maori playwrights given 12 hours to write a 15-minute show, with a team of actors and directors then given a further 12 hours to get the play ready for a public performance.

Anyone who wants to see any of the productions that form part of the Taonga Whakaari - Maori Playwrights Festival can buy tickets online or from the venues.

Prices start from NZ$32 for most of the shows, with many of the plays moving on to runs in other theatres in Auckland following the end of the festival.

For more information on this event visit the Tourism Auckland website.

Posted by Charlotte Springer

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