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Strange Resting Places by Rob Mokaraka and Paolo Rotondo


Sat 1 Oct 2011, 5:00pm–9:00pm

Where: Araiteuru Marae, 24 Shetland St, Kaikourai Valley, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

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Strange Resting Places sees the Second World War’s allied onslaught stall at Monte Cassino, Italy. The 28th Maori Battalion find themselves in the middle of the most brutal and costly battle of their campaign. In desperation, a young Maori soldier goes to steal food and gets caught in a potentially deadly stand-off with an Italian deserter. With the Germans just outside, their survival depends on co-operation.

The two soldiers, united by a shared enemy, must learn to understand and trust each other. This leads them to discover common ground; whanau, their family, kai, their food, and waiata, their song – not to mention wily cunning, a love of vino and a passion for the ladies.

Taki Rua’s Strange Resting Places has received high praise from audiences and critics alike, both nationally and internationally. This layered, evocative performance combines live music, drama and humour. It is performed in Maori, English and Italian to portray a crucial part of New Zealand history.

Strange Resting Places is live theatre crafted from extensive research, contemporary storytelling and personal experience. The story shines a light on the complex emotional bonds of our wartime history and the way nations are unified through adversity and era-defining moments.

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