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Sat 8 Mar 2008–Sun 16 Mar 2008, 7:30pm

Where: Downstage Theatre, 12 Cambridge Tce, Wellington

Ticket Information:

  • A: $47.50
  • A/FR: $42.50
  • B: $37.50
  • B/FR: $35.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: Olivia Bruce

Spirited and fiercely written, Where We Once Belonged is an unflinchingly honest, poetic and often wildly funny coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of 1970s Samoa – a society on the cusp of change. As young Alofa Filiga navigates the mores and restrictions of village life, she begins to come to terms with her own changing identity and the price she must pay for it.

Alofa, Lili and Moa are typical teenage girls growing up in the fictitious Samoan village of Malaefou in the 1970s – they tease the local boys, misbehave at school and worship Charlie's Angels. But there is a darker side to Alofa's life. She struggles with a troubled relationship with her unforgiving father, who cruelly forces her to keep his secrets.

Drawing on the Samoan traditions of fale-style storytelling techniques and a stage around which the audience is seated, both mythical and contemporary Samoa is evoked.

This emotionally charged adaptation of Sia Figiel's award-winning novel, by leading New Zealand playwright Dave Armstrong, will be an unforgettable Festival premiere.

Directors Colin McColl and Dave Fane
Designers Michel Tuffery and Tony Rabbit
Adapted by Dave Armstrong from the novel by Sia Figiel


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