A number of future stars of Māori theatre appear in this scene from the original 1967 production of The golden lover. From left are Bob Hirini, Wi Kuki Kaa, Shirley Duke, Don Selwyn, Timoti Te Heu Heu, Ray Henwood, Harata Solomon, Thelma Grabmaier, Ada Rangiaho and Sue Hansen. The play, based on an early Māori tradition, was written by Taranaki-born Douglas Stewart, originally for radio. Before this production at Downstage Theatre, Wellington, traditional Māori food was served to the audience. The play was directed by Richard Campion, who, with his first wife Edith, founded the New Zealand Players, the country's first post-war professional theatre company.
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