The Kuia and the Spider leaps from book to the stage

The Kuia and the Spider leaps from book to the stage


A classical Maori children’s book has gone from its printed form
to the stage. ‘The Kuia and the Spider’ written by the iconic writer
Patricia Grace is now playing at Te Papa. And as Krystal-lee Brown reports, the other impressive feature is
that the play is in Maori language. A special book that’s been adapted into a
Maori language theatre performance. Yes, it’s The Kuia and the Spider. Patricia Grace
is the author of the book with the Maori translation
by Hohepa Waitoa. The lead actress says the play’s overarching theme
is ‘kaitiakitanga’. So that we know why the Kuia and the Spider
are bickering all the time but also one of the main discussions
is about kaitiakitanga of our land and also the insects
and the biosphere. The play has been co-produced
by Capital E and Takirua. The director says this production
is in celebration of our language. It’s not just for school, you can speak in the street
and at the movies. Our language is not just
for at home. It needs to be taken to the world. So it’s important for us to tour
and share the language with all. The production is in Wellington
for the remainder of the week and will also feature in the
Auckland Arts Festival on March 24. Krystal-lee Brown, Te Karere.

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