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The Handlers, by Poata Alvie McKree

16/05/24  to 02/06/24
Thursday 16 May, 7:30pm - Sunday 2 June 2024, 4pm

Crown Lynn wahine, handling it all. The Handlers by Poata Alvie McKree will make you laugh, cry, reminisce, get you all fired up and make you remember all the mana wāhine in your life, as well as your favourite Crown Lynn mug.

Closes

Jun 2, 2024

Posted on

Apr 9, 2024

Price:

$25 - $50

Venue:

Te Pou Theatre

Address:

2 Mount Lebanon Lane, Henderson, Auckland, 0612

Written by

Te Pou Theatre
Apr 9, 2024

When a whānau of Māori women working at the Crown Lynn factory all take time off to attend a tangihanga, the production line grinds to a halt, putting their jobs on the line.

 

 

 

It’s 1976 in West Auckland; the Crown Lynn factory is producing record amounts of crockery made primarily by the hands of Māori and Pacific peoples. Running the Handle Room is Aunty Whero, who, despite her boss John’s mandate against close whānau working on the same production line, hires her nieces Kiri and Hine to work alongside her. Their Tongan mate, Salote, keeps their secret well.

 

These wāhine keep things moving at mahi and on the home front while also handling the workplace discrimination and racism that was rife in the 70s. This was when the fires of mana Māori motuhake were being stoked; meanwhile, the Dawn Raids were traumatising and tearing Pacific families apart. As if these wāhine didn’t have enough to handle already!

 

The Handlers by Poata Alvie McKree will make you laugh, cry, reminisce, get you all fired up and make you remember all the mana wāhine in your life, as well as your favourite Crown Lynn mug. While The Handlers is a fictionalised account of Māori women’s experiences working in factories like Crown Lynn in the 70s, the wāhine that carries these stories are familiar to all of us.

 

The Handlers was previously developed by Black Creatives Aotearoa, an organisation dedicated to supporting creatives of African and Afro-Caribbean heritage living in New Zealand, and was further workshopped through Te Pou Theatre’s development of Māori playwrights at the Koanga Festival in 2022.

 

This production is presented by Te Pou Theatre, in partnership with Te Rēhia Theatre.

 

Tickets: 

$25 Preview Special Price (16 May show only)

$35 PAKEKE (Adult)

$28 KAUMĀTUA (Gold Card)

$25 HAPORI (Community Services, Equity - ID required)

$28 RŌPŪ (6+)

$20 RANGATAHI (13-18yrs, ID required)

$15 TAMAITI (12yrs and under)

$25 TAUIRA (Student - ID required)

$50 TĪKITI TAUTOKO (Only ticket type available for opening night otherwise can be purchased throughout the season to support Te Pou Theatre)

 

When:

Thursday 16 May, 7:30pm - PREVIEW NIGHT

Friday 17 May, 7:30pm - OPENING NIGHT

Saturday 18 May, 7:30pm

Sunday 19 May, 4pm

Wednesday 22 May, 7:30pm

Thursday 23 May, 7:30pm

Friday 24 May, 7:30pm

Saturday 25 May, 2pm

Saturday 25 May, 7:30pm

Sunday 26 May, 4pm

Wednesday 29 May, 7:30pm

Thursday 30 May, 7:30pm

Friday 31 May, 7:30pm

Saturday 1 June, 7:30pm

Sunday 2 June, 4pm - FINAL PERFORMANCE