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Half of the Sky



After a hugely successful season in 2019, Massive Company return with Half of the Sky, a heart-warming and tender tale of three sisters and of whanau dynamics.


Performed by an impressive cast, this show was written by BAFTA award-winning actor and playwright Lennie James, best known for his work on hit TV show Fear The Walking Dead, Save Me and Save Me Too.


Returning from their roles from the premiere season is long-time Massive collaborator Kura Forrester, Max Palamo and Pat Tafa.


Alongside them is Trae Te Wiki and Massive newcomer Roimara Fox, all under the helm of Massive Company’s artistic director, Sam Scott.


Half of the Sky brilliantly weaves together themes of loss and the importance of familial love, juxtaposing poignant moments of humour with the moving themes of this story to examine what makes us human.


Relatable and resonant, the story explores both love and tension in a perfectly balanced drama, allowing the talented cast to shine in roles that are gritty and complex.


“Half of the Sky is James at his best and I am lucky enough to work with his brilliant script and these stunning actors, what a joy! This show hits you in all the right places. I loved that in our last season the audience would be actively murmuring their thoughts and feelings alongside the actors, they were so compelled by the thoughts being expressed,” says Scott.


This work is James’ third collaboration with Massive Company, following The Sons of Charlie Paora (2004) and Havoc in the Garden (2011).


Half of the Sky, which was developed in collaboration with members of the Massive ensemble in 2018 to tell this uniquely New Zealand story, is a triumphant example of the spirit of collaboration that is woven through Massive’s three decades as a company.


With design from Paul McLaney, Jane Hakaraia and Daniel Williams, Half of the Sky is a tale about whanau, and the secrets that can dwell within them, told with heart and humour by Massive Company.


This poignant production will play at Q Theatre’s Loft from 7th – 11th September and at ONEONESIX from 15th – 18th September.


Tickets are on sale now.

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