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Matariki Glow Show

June 24th | Baycourt Community and Arts Centre, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
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“Only 30 seconds gone and all of us are captivated, spellbound and lapping it up.” - Alan Scott-Theatre Review

15,000+ children saw this extraordinary show in 2017/18.
700 schools will hear about it in 2019.
20,000+ children will see it in 2019.

What Is the Matariki Glow Show?
It’s literally legendary! A giant scale puppet show for 5 - 9 year olds with magical glow-in-the-dark characters from Māori myth and legend. This innovative, cutting edge new concept features over 45 glow-in-the-dark puppets under ultraviolet light in a black box theatre environment.

Rich in Te Reo Māori and Māori culture it’s an upbeat show that has the audience buzzing from the onset. This masterful 40-minute show is underpinned by catchy music that engages the audience immediately, followed by a Q&A session afterwards for our tamariki. There’s an abundance of educational content to take back to the classroom.

The show is a delightful story of te kāhui whetu õ Matariki (the star cluster/ sisters of Matariki) as they prepare for Te Tau Hou (Māori New Year) and the journey of the smallest star, Waipuna-a-Rangi. The show has been an absolute hit - the 2018 Matariki Glow Show toured from the Far North to South Auckland and attracted 12,000+ school children to 60 shows at 10 venues with many shows sold out.

Who Created the Matariki Glow Show?
The production is the concept of Sarah Burren. Sarah collaborated with Midge Perez, who together have an impressive history of having worked on over twenty children’s shows together.

Composer/musical director, Midge Perez (Tokelauan, Spanish and Maori) was a performing arts lecturer at Manukau Institute of Technology. Puppet designer and creator, Sarah Burren has been involved in the concept, and production design of over a hundred stage shows and live events both in New Zealand and internationally.

Recognising the significance of Matariki to many New Zealanders, they sought the guidance and approval of kaumatua Haare Williams (Amorangi in arts, culture and education) to create an authentic Matariki story that would, embrace the art of Māori indigenous storytelling and ignite the spirit and pride of our tamariki. He said of the show:

“Teachers teach. But good teachers lead us into the inner, wilder places of the mind. Give our kids the Maui spark that will lift them and, once in flight, let them soar. Matariki does that by giving “Only 30 seconds gone and all of us are captivated, spellbound and lapping it up.” - Alan Scott-Theatre Review

15,000+ children saw this extraordinary show in 2017/18.
700 schools will hear about it in 2019.
20,000+ children will see it in 2019.

What Is the Matariki Glow Show?
It’s literally legendary! A giant scale puppet show for 5 - 9 year olds with magical glow-in-the-dark characters from Māori myth and legend. This innovative, cutting edge new concept features over 45 glow-in-the-dark puppets under ultraviolet light in a black box theatre environment.

Rich in Te Reo Māori and Māori culture it’s an upbeat show that has the audience buzzing from the onset. This masterful 40-minute show is underpinned by catchy music that engages the audience immediately, followed by a Q&A session afterwards for our tamariki. There’s an abundance of educational content to take back to the classroom.

The show is a delightful story of te kāhui whetu õ Matariki (the star cluster/ sisters of Matariki) as they prepare for Te Tau Hou (Māori New Year) and the journey of the smallest star, Waipuna-a-Rangi. The show has been an absolute hit - the 2018 Matariki Glow Show toured from the Far North to South Auckland and attracted 12,000+ school children to 60 shows at 10 venues with many shows sold out.

Who Created the Matariki Glow Show?
The production is the concept of Sarah Burren. Sarah collaborated with Midge Perez, who together have an impressive history of having worked on over twenty children’s shows together.

Composer/musical director, Midge Perez (Tokelauan, Spanish and Maori) was a performing arts lecturer at Manukau Institute of Technology. Puppet designer and creator, Sarah Burren has been involved in the concept, and production design of over a hundred stage shows and live events both in New Zealand and internationally.

Recognising the significance of Matariki to many New Zealanders, they sought the guidance and approval of kaumatua Haare Williams (Amorangi in arts, culture and education) to create an authentic Matariki story that would, embrace the art of Māori indigenous storytelling and ignite the spirit and pride of our tamariki. He said of the show:

“Teachers teach. But good teachers lead us into the inner, wilder places of the mind. Give our kids the Maui spark that will lift them and, once in flight, let them soar. Matariki does that by giving our tamariki a fresh beginning by tracking to where they’ve come from - by remembering their ancestors. I am delighted to support this programme which allows us to celebrate our own corner of Earth here in Aotearoa New Zealand with our own iconic narratives, heroes and deities.” - Haare Williams MNZM QCM JPtamariki a fresh beginning by tracking to where they’ve come from - by remembering their ancestors. I am delighted to support this programme which allows us to celebrate our own corner of Earth here in Aotearoa New Zealand with our own iconic narratives, heroes and deities.” - Haare Williams MNZM QCM JP




100% GOOD & Oldies are thrilled to announce the return of indie-rock heroes NO AGE! Last gracing our shores in 2009, No Age are marrying their untouchable noise pop with ear-shattering volume in an immersive live setting. Rifling through the bands discography from past touchstones to the newest rage Snares Like A Haircut, No Age's pell-mell push of punk sanded down on the edges with pop sensibility and raucous noise will leave your ears permanently ringing.

With the world around us bruised and bloodied with teeth already dug into the concrete curb, we find ourselves with the shadow of a large boot looming overhead. What better time for No Age? Remember, they are the ones who first brought you the hospital-bed-feel-good-anthem, “Get Hurt” (2007). They know how to ecstatically rage and power on thru pain, because what else are you gonna do? The future belongs to the cockroaches, and this record is made for the disparate band of misfits who 2017 couldn’t kill.

Yeah. New No Age! Not new age No Age (except for the odd “Sun Spots”/“Keechie”-style shimmer that only ever makes everything better), but definitely an age of album-making located somewhere beyond and back from where we last heard ’em in aught-13, when they’d wrapped their process in as much deconstruction as An Object could bear. Reimagined rippers, compelling ever forward; something that provokes challenges on the ear — that was always the goal, but after a few years spent not No Age-ing, just working on that thing called life, is it any wonder that Dean and Randy wanted to pump out some rock and roll for the black hole? Does time mean nothing to you? Don’t answer that.

Snares Like a Haircut sounds like the good shit, and smells like the buzzy burning off of an aura, the marine layer suddenly vanished, leaving a thin layer of smog over the songs, simmering sock gazing tunes, revved and displacing enormous amounts of sound soil. This is pure driving music, for the bus racer and the car driver, with too many signs, bells and little lites flashing, ticking away. This is a record for the Foothill and the Valley, with a chemical sunset flowering at the end of every day. It’s a feeling made by driving music for driving music.

Recorded in a few days and mixed forever, Snares Like a Haircut finds No Age in full on mode, because there was nothing else to do but go full on. In the songs inside the songs, the thumpy/thwappy drums, the desperately voiced paens to determination, the churning and the stinging-but-shiny fuck-it built into the structure, a promise from the 1980s echoes once again across today, for the undetermined in-between generation reality seekers.

With Snares Like a Haircut, No Age scrub the itch in the little moments, engage actively with the process and carve/plaster/shave something in an album shape that’ll last.

You don’t have to drive, but you can’t stay here. Let No Age do all the driving for you. Snares Like a Haircut.

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24/06/2019 10:00am
Matariki Glow Show Baycourt Community and Arts Centre, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
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