"A magical tale of the Pacific"
National Business Review NZ
The Conch Theatre (Fiji / New Zealand)
An unlikely and touching love story between a Fijian high chief from the island of Kadavu and the daughter of Cambridge-educated schoolmasters is brought to the stage with a rich sense of heritage and pride.
The ancient art of Fijian Masi (tapa) cloth-making is interwoven with a romance sparked in the 1950s during a game of chess in Wellington, New Zealand.
Amazingly, key moments were captured by photographer Ans Westra, in a stunning set of black and white images that are the backdrop for this expressive collaboration.
The Conch Theatre’s drama of loss, memory and identity is a unique work crafted by director Nina Nawalowalo (Vula), British illusionist Paul Kieve (magic advisor on the Harry Potter films) and an ensemble of six extraordinary male Fijian dancers.
Photo: Robert Catto
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“Nawalowalo describes the show, which largely eschews spoken dialogue, as ”a visual theatre work that is very much to do with the loss of memory and one’s identity”. – Sydney Morning Herald, 7 January 2013