January 2017 at Te Papa Tongarewa


Join Te Rākau Theatre on a profoundly rich journey through Wellington’s past, present, and future.

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Whatungarongaro te tangata, toitū te whenua. Man disappears but the land remains.
4 plays. 177 years of history. 28 performances. 30 performers. 100% the Treaty in action.

This January, discover a world-first theatrical experience – Te Rākau Theatre’s stunning quartet of plays, The Undertow. While tackling major historical moments in the settlement of Wellington and the colonisation of Aotearoa,The Undertow reminds us of the ordinary people who lived, loved, fought, sacrificed, lost, won, and ultimately called this place home.

You can experience The Undertow over 2 evenings or all in one day for the theatrical event of the year and an experience you will never forget.

“To have read or heard about our local history is one thing, but to see it portrayed in the way Te Rākau Theatre does is special and unique and not to be missed.” [The Dominion Post]


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