Troilus and CressidaAn email re our Sunday National Programme had the following:
Rawiri Paratene – The Maori Troilus and Cressida
Few New Zealand families celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday, but it’s a special day in the home of actor Rawiri Paratene and he tells Paul that the bard has had a big influence on his life and career. Rawiri plays Pandarus in the te reo [Maori language] version of this tragedy, which is headed for London’s Globe theatre next year. As part of the city’s Cultural Olympiad, the theatre is presenting Globe to Globe – a programme of 37 multi-lingual Shakespeare productions from around the world.
The Maori Troilus and Cressida is on the 9th and 10th of March at Te Papa Amphitheatre. Admission is free. Rawiri also performs in Hohepa, a New Zealand opera, which premieres at the festival.
Some time ago there was a Maori version of The Merchant of Venice which I watched (rather intermittently, not understanding Maori beyond a very basic level) on television. It was highly praised.