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Masina Returning Home


Our exciting new theatre work, ‘Masina Returning Home’ has been devised for audience members with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). We have been extremely fortunate to collaborate with Frozen Light Theatre from the UK, who are specialists in this type of work, to develop this show.

Using words, song, music and dance Masina Returning Home weaves a beautiful story of exploration, dreams and discovery. Multi sensory props and one to one sensory experiences are a key part of the technique to bring theatre to our audience members, their support person and whanau.

Upcoming Shows

Wednesday 16 October
11.00am - 12.00pm (P) *** SOLD OUT ***
1.30pm - 2.30pm (P) *** SOLD OUT ***
The Rose Centre, Belmont, Auckland
Both these shows are dress rehearsal performances. They will be photographed and filmed for promotional purposes. The audience is limited to 6 people, aged 13+, who have PMLD and each must be accompanied by an adult support person. Tickets are $10 per person with PMLD. Bookings are essential. Book here.

Saturday 19 October
10.00am - 11.00am (R)
11.00am - 12:00pm (W)
Hunua Rooms, Aotea Centre
Part of Auckland Live’s
Pick & Mix event. Show and workshop for all children aged 3 to 12 years old. Tickets FREE. Bookings are essential. Book here

Sunday 20 October
10.00am - 11.00am (R)
11.00am - 12:00pm (W)
1.15pm - 2.15pm (P) *** SOLD OUT ***
Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland
Part of Auckland Live’s
Pick & Mix event. The 10am show and the 11am workshop are for all children aged 3 to 12 years old. The 1:15pm show is strictly for children aged 3 to 16 years old who have PMLD, and is limited to 6 people (and their support person). If you are booking for a child with PMLD you need to book the 1:15pm show. Tickets FREE. Bookings are essential. Book here

Wednesday 23 October
11.00am - 12.00pm (P) *** SOLD OUT ***
1.30pm - 2.30pm (P) *** ONLY 2 SPACES LEFT ***
The Playhouse Theatre, Glen Eden, Auckland
Tickets are $10 per person with PMLD. Bookings are essential. Book here.

Thursday 31 October
11.00am - 12.00pm (P)
1.30pm - 2.30pm (P)
Performing Arts Centre, Albany Junior High School
Tickets are $10 per person with PMLD. Bookings are essential. Book here.

(P) These shows are for audience members with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). They are limited to 6 people, and each member of the audience must be accompanied by a support person.
(W) Workshop
(R) Regular show

Our talented cast;

Lusi Faiva - Lusi is of Samoan descent. A founding member of Touch Compass, she has performed and toured New Zealand and Australia in the company’s major shows from 1997 to 2007. In 2001 Lusi performed in the highly acclaimed Lusi’s Eden that is based on her life. More recently her career has included dancing in Somatechnics for Auckland Live’s Summer in the Square and at InMotion Matariki on Auckland’s waterfront.

Katrina George - A fellow Samoan performer, Katrina was lead character Rachel in Under The Mountain with Auckland Theatre Company and is a core company member with Red Leap Theatre, performing in Kororareka: The Ballad of Maggie Flynn as Ceraul/Anahera. Katrina has also worked with Wellington-based Everybody Cool Lives Here and independent artist Rodney Bell as the Kaitiaki (guardian) of Rodney's work Te Kuuititanga performing at the Judson Memorial Church in New York City.

Sam Jones - Sam, is a multi musician playing saxophone, flute, keyboard, guitar, percussion to name a few. Sam has worked as musical director for several shows, including Be More Chill (Manukau Performing Arts Theatre), romeojuliet@twilight (Nextstage Theatre Company) and Orange (written and staged by Geraldine Brophy for the Arthritis Foundation). He also composed an original orchestral score for romeojuliet@twilight, recorded it and performed it with a chorus of more than 20 in Wellington and currently runs The Groove Band for Starjam.

Our amazing theatre director;

Laughton Kora - a performing arts graduate of Toi Whakaari. After beginning to play music from the age of six and appearing in his father’s band on stage until he was 17, he won the Smoke Free Rock Quest and his career in his own right kicked off with a bang. There followed national and international tours with various bands including his own, ‘Kora’. Laughton produced hit single Politician then went on to produce Kora’s releases, EP Volume, KORA & Light Years, before joining with Sleep Deez, Printz Board from Rock Nation Agency in the US and working on Nicki Minaj’s album with the Nation Agency. More recently Laughton produced Ria Hall’s album (in mastering) and is currently working with Tiki Tane.

His performance career has been equally successful, filming series 2 of “Songs From The Inside” with Don McGlashan, Anika Moa and Annie Crummer, appearing in the Billy T James film and TVNZ’s Coverband series, playing ‘Cookie’ in The Forbidden Planet, ‘Judas’ in Jesus Christ Superstar and touring UK, Ireland and Australia with Little Shop of Horrors directed by Oliver Driver. Laughton has been a mentor for the NZ Music Commission since 2007 and travels nationwide to take classes as part of their teaching programme. He is also an itinerant music teacher and has been a drama coach for several Auckland colleges. Recently Laughton directed the live performances for The University of Auckland’s Young Song Writer of the Year Awards and worked alongside The University of Auckland’s School of Music as a lecturer.

Earlier Event: 6 July
InMotion Matariki 2019