Te Rākau Theatre: The Ragged
Te Rākau Theatre’s tale of settlers, Māori, and the New Zealand Company brings 1840s Wellington to life. The Ragged is the first of four plays in The underTOW series, which gives a kaupapa Māori perspective to Wellington’s past, present, and future.
Te Rākau Theatre presents The Ragged with support from Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangātira, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and Te Puni Kōkiri. The underTOW series runs during Ngāti Toa Rangatira’s residency at Te Papa.
Ngāti Toa Rangatira exhibition
Director Jim Moriarty (Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Kōata, Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne, Scots, Norwegian) is co-founder of the Wellington-based Te Rākau Theatre, which has worked with schools, prisons, marae, rural communities, and youth justice residencies since 1989.
Te Rākau Theatre playwright Helen Pearse-Otene (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Kahungunu-Rongomaiwahine) is author of all four of The underTOW plays.
Tanemahuta Gray, the UnderTOW choreographer.
The many productions of choreographer Tanemahuta Gray (Ngāi Tahu, Rangitāne, Tainui) include Māui – One Man Against the Gods.