ILBIJERRI THEATRE COMPANY AND TE RĒHIA THEATRE
BY JOHN HARVEY AND TAINUI TUKIWAHO
Two families, two cultures... too much!
When Māori corporate hotshot Hera and Aboriginal consultancy entrepreneur Kane locked eyes at a Cultural Awareness session, it was love at first sight. Ambitious and career focused, Kane and Hera now have their perfect future all mapped out. But there is one thing they can’t control...their families! As the biggest mob of Aunties, Uncles and cousins from both sides of the ditch get worked up for the blackest wedding ever, reality is sinking in. Fast! Will this international love story bring two strong cultures together? Or will it blow Hera and Kane’s world apart?
BLACK TIES is a hilarious and heart-warming immersive theatre experience by ILBIJERRI Theatre Company (Australia) and Te Rēhia Theatre (Aotearoa/New Zealand) that reminds us of the power of love to unite. With a peerless cast including Uncle Jack Charles, Mark Coles Smith, Lisa Maza, Tuakoi Ohiaand, Brady Peeti, and created by a brilliant team of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori artists, BLACK TIES re-imagines the popular wedding rom-com from a distinctively First Nations perspective. Set to a live score of Black anthems and wedding classics, it will be a party to remember.
WRITTEN BY JOHN HARVEY AND TAINUI TUKIWAHO
DIRECTED BY RACHAEL MAZA AND TAINUI TUKIWAHO
SET DESIGNER: JACOB NASH
COMPOSER AND MUSICAL DIRECTOR: BRENDON BONEY
LIGHTING DESIGNER: JANE HAKARAIA
AV DESIGNER: JAMES HENRY
SOUND DESIGNER: LAUGHTON KORA
COSTUME DESIGNER: TE URA HOSKINS
MARK COLES SMITH
AND A THREE-PIECE BAND LED BY BRENDAN BONEY AND FEATURING LAUGHTON KORA