Te Auaha Announces the Newest Production by Stage and Screen Arts & Circus Students

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ARABIAN NIGHTS will enchant you with Mary Zimmerman’s take on these wonderful fables from the Islamic Golden Age.

الليالي العربية “in our heads we contain all the energies of the universe"

Joyous, honest and intelligent, Scheherazade saves her life and those of countless other women through the power of her storytelling. Stories tumble over each other, stories within stories, exuberant, irreverent, thought-provoking, tender and hilarious. Song, dance, live music and circus are all a part of the potent mix.

This production of ARABIAN NIGHTS by students at Te Auaha takes you from the here and now of war-torn Iraq to the transformative magic of story and the imagination. Filled with colour and swirling movement and with the exquisite music of Clinton Zerf played live, it is a perfect show for the whole family to enjoy.

The ARABIAN NIGHTS cast of second year actors are supported by circus students as well as first year actors who both crew the show and augment the action, giving audiences the rare and exciting prospect of seeing forty actors on stage at the same time. It is the first Whitireia production on the main stage of Tapere Nui at Te Auaha, a perfect opportunity for audiences to meet the talented performers of our future stages.


Show details:

Mary Zimmerman’s The Arabian Nights

Directed by Annie Ruth. Original Music composed by Clinton Zerf.

Download event poster (PDF)


Daily showings Tuesday 19 June - Saturday 23 June. All shows start 7pm. Extra 11am showings on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd June. 

Waged: $20.00
Unwaged: $15.00

Click here to book online


Media Contact:
Olivia Kirikiri, Producer, Te Auaha NZ Institute of Creativity
P 04 830 2221

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