The Mooncake and the Kumara (2015)

Following on from the positive response and interest The Mooncake and the Kumara received at its season at Short+Sweet Festival 2012, Oryza continued to collaborate with writer Mei-Lin in presenting the story as a full-length piece. Oryza came on board as producers for the play which went through a development season and regional reading showcases before being picked up and programmed in Auckland Arts Festival 2015. Producer, Sums Selvarajan worked with Auckland Arts Festival as the Line Producer for the production, which saw a completely sold-out season at Q’s Loft during the Festival.

The Mooncake and the Kumara has been praised for its uniquely Kiwi-Asian story - and the first New Zealand crafted production to be performed in English, Cantonese, and Te Reo Māori. Oryza is proud to have worked with the Auckland Arts Festival team and Mei-Lin Hansen to deliver a full-length production to Kiwi audiences and are committed to continuing to do so.

Following on from this, Oryza worked in partnership with Dolina Wehipeihana (Betsy and Mana) as co-producers of the touring season of The Mooncake and the Kumara as part of PANNZ Touring Agency to a sell-out touring season around Aotearoa. This was followed with a second sell out national tour the following year.

︎NZ Herald Review
︎Theatre Scenes Review
︎Theatreview Review
︎13th Floor Review

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