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Michael James Manaia

12 October, 2012 - 28 October, 2012

fortyfivedownstairs in association with Melbourne Festival presents

Michael James Manaia

12 – 28 October 2012

What do you do when the country you grew up in – the country you fought for – has no place for you?


12 – 28 October 2012

duration: 130 minutes
Tuesday to Friday 7.30pm
Saturday 4pm & 8pm
Sunday 5pm
ticket price: $25 – $45
bookings: 03 9662 9966

warnings: contains sexual references, coarse language, nudity, sudden loud noises

Michael James Manaia fights a war – first with his father, then in Vietnam, from which he returns to a society made unrecognisable by the horrors he has seen. This is his story, raw, humorous and unsentimental – one that has become the voice of a lost generation.

In 1991, playwright John Broughton’s fearless reckoning with the bitter complexities of his country’s past turned this one-man play into an undisputed classic of New Zealand theatre. Now, twenty years after it first stunned audiences around the world, New Zealand’s premiere Maori theatre company, Taki Rua, brings Michael James Manaia roaring back to the international stage.

Fresh from a critically acclaimed season at the New Zealand International Arts Festival, this staging of Michael James Manaia, in the intimacy of Melbourne’s fortyfivedownstairs, will pack an explosive punch. Led by a powerhouse performance from Te Kohe Tuhaka and directed by award-winning director Nathaniel LeesMichael James Manaia presents a heart-wrenching and confronting glimpse into the all-too-recognisable darkness of cultural dislocation.

‘Bold, captivating, fearless’ The New Zealand Herald

‘High-octane, ferociously complex, ultimately devastating’ The Manawatu Standard

‘Confident, dynamic, and fully-charged’ The Dominion Post


This production had been supported by Creative New Zealand, the Sunraysia Foundation, and the fortyfivedownstairs private donor program. The original production was co-produced by the New Zealand International Arts Festival 2012. This season was initiated by SaySIX Theatre.

Written by John Broughton

Directed by Nathaniel Lees

Performed by Te Kohe Tuhaka

Ticket Prices:

Full: $45
Concession: $37.50
Group 8+: $40
Student: $20


Pensioners/Full-time students/MEAA members




12 October, 2012
28 October, 2012
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