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SolOthello

When:

Wed 31 May 2017, 11:00am–12:00pm
Wed 31 May 2017, 7:30pm–8:30pm
Thu 1 Jun 2017, 11:00am–12:00pm
Thu 1 Jun 2017, 7:30pm–8:30pm
Fri 2 Jun 2017, 11:00am–12:00pm
Fri 2 Jun 2017, 7:30pm–8:30pm

Where: The PumpHouse Theatre, Killarney Park, Takapuna, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $16.00
  • Student: $12.00
  • Family (4 people) Per Ticket Rate: $12.00
  • School Group Rate: $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply

SolOthello weaves together Shakespeare’s original prose, modern English and Te Reo Māori to deliver a dynamic and cheeky interpretation of one of history’s more tragic plays.

Māori Performance Mask (Te Mata Kokako o Rēhia) comes to life as Regan Taylor (Ngāti Kahungunu) unfolds an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello as a solo performance.

In this adaptation the war setting is maintained as the backdrop for the story and is transposed onto a battle between two far flung iwi in a timeless Aotearoa.

Regan fell in love with the Commedia del Arte masks and their form while studying theatre and became so enthused by the masks that he asked himself the question; "What if these masks spoke te reo maori?"

With the support of Creative New Zealand’s Maori Arts Presentation Fund, SolOthello has visited Marae, theatre and kura in Palmerston North, Hawkes Bay and the Tauranga Arts Festival 2015 with the following response:

“Solothello is highly enjoyable and rewarding; a bravura performance from Taylor...grab the opportunity to go and see this production.” - Theatreview, Joy Green, August 2015.

“...SolOthello is both a highly enjoyable show, and a very useful one as it re- opened some buried questions I have regarding theatre...” - Theatreview, Gin Mabey, October 2015.

“Regan Taylor uses masks to create...uniquely recognisable characters that convey the story exceptionally well, to make this a very entertaining interpretation of a Shakespearean classic” -
Dominion Post, Wellington, Ewen Coleman, June 2016

“Regan Taylor's performance is filled with witty, ironic asides that build an intimate connection with audience, but he also displays impressive theatrical skills... " - New Zealand Herald, Auckland, Paul Simei-Barton, July 2016

Regan Taylor (Performer/writer)
Regan is a graduate of The UCOL Theatre School who has worked professionally as an actor, dancer, director and teacher for the past fifteen years. Regan has strong roots in devised and physical theatre, though he has also been involved in television and film, most recently taking a leading role in Lee Tamahori’s Mahana. He has been a lecturer for the creative process paper at Massey University Palmerston North delivering lectures on creating and sustaining character, comedy and its worth and devising for the stage. Regan has a particular skill in performance mask which he has carried through to developing Te Mata Kōkako o Rēhia.

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