SolOTHELLO, Te Rēhia Theatre Company

Presented in Māori and English, including colloquial New Zealand English
Touring (2016 details below)
New Zealand and Canada

Te Rēhia Theatre Company

Directed by Craig Geenty
Performed by Regan Taylor
Produced by Amber Curreen 

Opening Dates: February 14-15, 2015
2016 Performances Include:
March 17, 2016. Te Kapehu Whetu, Whangarei, New Zealand         
March 17, 2016. 116 Bank Sreet, Whangarei, New Zealand           
March 18, 2016. Otiria Marae , Kawakawa, New Zealand                
June 15-18, 2016. Kia Mau Festival, Circa Theatre, Wellington, New Zealand                     
July 6-14, 2016. Matariki on The Move Festival Tour, Auckland, New Zealand                  
October 6-8, 2016. Rutas Festival, Native Earth, Toronto, Canada
October 13, 2016. Hawkes Bay Arts Festival, Napier, New Zealand                        
October 18-20, 2016 Nelson Arts Festival, Nelson, New Zealand                            

One man’s hilarious interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy. Māori Performance Mask (Te Mata Kokako o Rēhia) comes to life as Regan Taylor unfolds an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello as a solo performance.  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.

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This performance has been presented in Marae (Māori meeting houses) to engage Māori with theatre. There is an audience development and outreach plan activated for the company which includes: engagement with community elders, marae, traditional arts groups, and Māori government agencies through direct contact and also tikanga around how the audience is held at performances, like greeting all, making elders comfortable, and providing food and hot drinks where possible.  

Funding and Sponsorship:
British Council, Creative New Zealand