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Whenua/DP4 Lot173

Kiwi/Possum productions is a West Coast community-based theatre group who have been exploring historical and contemporary issues over the last decade. They have brought plays to the Nelson area including Goodnight Irene, Ted, Poppy and WW11, The Cave Above the Pa, The Judgement of Ben Alder, and recently their play about native logging, Helen and the Ferals. For this play, writer Paul Maunder started with the idea of a play about the land, dairying, water, that sort of thing. But instead of a play with a simple referencing to community and social relations, he comments that it has taken the group into a more complex space aesthetically, as if that is the only way to articulate the issues: land as whenua/placenta (that which nurtures); land as signified by the rates demand: DP74/LOT 173 – surveyors having divided up the land into a commodity to be bought and sold and speculated upon; the family farm turning into investment property; globalisation; technology; agribusiness; environmental issues – soil, water health and climate change; the industrial revolution in Asia and its impact here; tourism; migrant labour; generations; belonging; memory; alienation… DP74, LOT173 is then a meditation on the planet itself, with a range of characters: the nostalgic retired farming couple, their son who wants to sell up, the milker from Gaza, a water bottler, a Chinese investor and a Greenie who has come to live in the area.

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Earlier Event: April 26
Downton Uppity
Later Event: May 2
Eugene & Elvis