Multi-talented and award-winning playwright, director, producer, actor and musician Jamie McCaskill presents a brand-new show for children, which premiered at Capital E National Arts Festival in March 2017.
Mata and the Mysterious Musical Maunga is written by Jamie McCaskill and Craig Geenty, takes audiences on an epic Aotearoa kōauau adventure with 10-year-old Mata. Mata loses his iPad and must learn to play real instruments and write the greatest waiata that there has ever been in order to get to the summit of the mysterious maunga and find the ancient. Mata faces an array of challenges along the way, as well as meeting an eclectic cast of characters. This musical journey comments on the value of true hard work in an age of instant gratification.
The play will charm and inspire with Jamie’s signature style and joyous waiata. Jamie says the title character in this new show is inspired by the diligent “older brother character” in iconic 1980s and 1990s films such as The Goonies and Peter Pan.
“I hope that I’ve created a character in Mata who young audiences can look up to and emulate. I’ve done something a bit different and used music as my main platform for storytelling in this play, and I hope children can relate to the story I’m sharing with them through waiata.”
Jamie energetically embodies all the distinctive characters that and the show is Mata encounters along the way, inviting the audience to imagine a world beyond the obvious. From a reggae legend with a love of the Conga drum to Mata’s ancestor who holds the secret of the ancient kōauau flute and his pepeha, everyone Mata meets has a lesson and an instrument to teach him. Through these ghosts of music past, Mata discovers a true love of song-writing.
School viewing 1.30pm
Public viewing 6.30pm
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Presented by Totaranui Productions with support from Creative NZ and Premiered at Capital E National Festival for Children
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