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By Kightley, Oscar
"Tension is rising in 1970s New Zealand. Muldoons government is cracking down on illegal immigration and the notorious dawn raids are ripping Pasifika families from their beds. At the eye of this political storm, everyday New Zealanders like Sione struggle to keep their families ...united. Fuarosa, the familys resident overstayer, fights against the chaos to keep hold of her freedom and Siones sister Teresa might be getting in too deep with black rights activists. First staged in 1997, Dawn Raids is just as confronting and relevant now as it ever has been. Oscar Kightley pulls no punches and brings the play to life with his trademark hilarity and wit"--Publisher information.Read more
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By Griffin, James; Kightley, Oscar
Lelei Lelei Jnr (aka Machete) and Neil Turnbull (aka The Ghost) came from very different backgrounds but when they eventually found each other they became the 2nd five/centre combination that ruled world rugby. On the pitch they were an unorthodox and mostly unstoppable team. On ...their day, when they were on the same wavelength, they were world beaters and very possibly the two best All Blacks ever to play in their positions. Then there were the days - on and off the pitch - when they were like fire and ice. Theirs was a passionate friendship/kinship/borderline love affair. Sometimes they were of one mind, other times they would do things so stupid it was like they had only one mind between them. Needless to say, trouble had a way of finding them, following them and even moving in to the spare room for a while. Machete & The Ghost is the book that charts the careers of the two greatest All Blacks who never existed. It chronicles their mythical on-field achievements; tells invented stories about the behind-the-scenes goings on of professional rugby; and also makes up their troubles and triumphs off the field, in their tabloid-worthy private lives. This is the book that takes all the tropes you've read in every other rugby biography and twists and turns them for shameless comedic benefit. Machete & The Ghost - totally made up, but by people who know and love the game of rugby enough to make all the bullshit sound entirely plausible.Read more
By Kightley, Oscar; Fane, David; Lees, Nathaniel; Manusaute, Vela; Meredith, Courtney Sina
Urbanesia is a collection of four outstanding scripts by contemporary Pasifika playwrights, each examining the tension between Western and Pacific Island culture and values and how that tension is being played out in Aotearoa.
A Frigate Bird Sings by Oscar Kightley, David Fane... and Nathaniel Lees is a funny and moving celebration of difference. A young faafafine is searching for answers to conflicting expectations of identity and duty in this comical and deeply touching play. a subtle, beautifully observed study of one of the most precious and intriguing gifts of Polynesian culture the third sexa classic of NZ theatre Anita McNaught
My Name is Gary Cooper by Victor Rodger balances post-colonial politics, humour and eroticism as it questions the expoloitation and stereotyping of Pacific peoples by Westerners. My Name is Gary Cooper is a rollercoaster ride through cultural appropriation and sexual deception.
Taro King by Vela Manusaute takes us to a South Auckland Supermarket where hopes, dreams and low-price taros are feverishly negotiated, and where the workers dream of something bigger and brighter that the glaring lights of aisle four.
Rushing Dolls by performance poet Courtney Sina Meredith expresses in poetry and drama the complex desires and explosive energy of successful young Polynesian women. Cleo is searching for the perfect job and life in the shiny city but the pressures of family responsibility and following her dreams almost overwhelm her.Read more
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By Kightley, Oscar; Small, Simon
Pacific Underground's groundbreaking play Fresh Off the Boat, written by Oscar Kightley and Simon Small, which examines the tragi-comic trials and tribulations of an immigrant family and their attempts to make sense of their new home -- Samoan life in the Big Smoke -- has been pu...blished at long last.Read more
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