Sydney Festival - Masi
Sydney Festival presents


Directed by Nina Nawalowalo

20 - 25 January 2013

"A magical tale of the Pacific"

National Business Review NZ


The Conch Theatre (Fiji / New Zealand)
Australian Exclusive

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

News & Reviews

“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