Day 14

Above: Eru Heke in Freedom is Behind My Breath (on this afternoon at the Blyth Performing Arts Centre).

Reviews from Sunday's shows

Anna Soutar wrote a lovely review of Kokako's Song for The Hook:

"When we arrive the front of the stage is floating on a sea of coloured spots, like lily pads in a pond. Within moments, the children – several dozens of them – have plonked themselves down like so many coloured frogs..."

Kim Buckley felt Kokako's Song, though amusing, was a missed opportunity for utilising te reo in her Theatreview.

And Jess Soutar Barron captured our last hurrah in the Spiegeltent with her review of Carnivorous Plant Society and Hopetoun Brown:

"This is a musical lovefest, set alongside a Fest lovefest. And tonight, together, we’re blowing the top off the Big Top."

Blog post: 9am

Our final day of a breathtaking two weeks' of performing arts, creative arts, ideas and inspiration. There's been a real sense of community spirit as we've gathered round the fire (or festival brazier as the case may be), hearing stories, sharing journeys and experiences. It's been emotional, provoking, awakening, entertaining, the whole plethora of descriptives. Our cup is full.

This weekend in particular has been a beautiful seed-planting for future works and a celebration of our local creatives and potential, with the Festival of Youth, the Human Project's performance piece Meta, the debut of original work by Canopy and the premiere of Freedom is Behind My Breath.

The Hook have published insightful reviews of all four - thehook.nz.

This morning Kokako's Song will delight children in the Spiegeltent (tickets still available on the door); Puti Lancaster and Owen McCarthy's gentle, resonant theatre piece, Freedom is Behind My Breath, is on at the Blyth at 4pm; and we will finish with the "shining, uplifting delight" that is Carnivorous Plant Society and Hopetoun Brown - what a way to go out!

Our Festival Finale concert was sold-out long ago, but we do still have tickets to Freedom is Behind My Breath.

"Puti Lancaster conveys profound empathy for people and their stories, then forms this astutely, delicately into resonate theatre," writes Megan Seawright. "Every moment of the work was welcoming."

“I’m going to talk with my whanau, deep and real.” Audience member


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