Pakaru explores a young family helmed by Jess, a solo mother, trying to survive on the breadline in present day Aotearoa. Burdened by bills, social welfare, and a small pay packet, she faces huge expectations and teenage twins eager to explore the world without her.
While battling to provide a life with dignity for her tamariki, she decides it is time to think about herself for a change and meets Tahi online. Their first date begins a whirlwind of laughter, tears, and surprises as this new man enters their lives. Filled with real characters dealing with real issues, this critically-acclaimed family portrait is carried by – and speaks powerfully to – the value of everyday truth and aroha.
Show Time & Date: Fri 11th March 7pm; Sat 12th March 2pm & 7pm; Sun 13th March 4.30pm
Location: ASB Waterfront Theatre
Suitability: Years 7-13 (Intermediate to Secondary School)
Curriculum Links: Drama, Social Studies
TO BOOK: Download the booking form HERE
Pre-Show Talk with Mitch Tawhi Thomas
Sun 13 March, 2:00pm
Description and details for the Pre-show talk for Pakaru with Mitch Tawhi Thomas to follow. Enquire and book for this pre-talk opportunity via email@example.com
“Touching on many of our country’s deep issues, like poverty and addiction... [ Pakaru ] mirror[s] real-life: it is both hilarious and heart-wrenching.”