Story: Māori theatre – te whare tapere hōu

Māori Theatre Trust, 1967

Māori Theatre Trust, 1967

The Maori Theatre Trust was formed by Māori actors who appeared in the New Zealand Opera Company's 1965 production of Porgy and Bess. The upper photo shows a rehearsal, including Īnia Te Wīata (kneeling at right) as Porgy, and Toni Williams (at rear, wearing boater) as Sportin' Life. Below is a scene from the Trust's first production, He mana toa by James Ritchie (1967). Performers include Karen Jurgenson (foreground) and Don Solomon (held aloft).

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How to cite this page:

Mark Derby and Briar Grace-Smith, 'Māori theatre – te whare tapere hōu - Origins of Māori theatre', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2024)

Story by Mark Derby and Briar Grace-Smith, published 22 Oct 2014