Uproar (M)

Uproar (M)

Wednesday, 17th January 2024 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Dunedin, 1981.

The Springboks are touring New Zealand, sparking nationwide protests. Josh Waaka, 17, is a square peg in the round, rugby-obsessed hole that is St Gilbert’s College. When Madigan, Josh’s English teacher, recommends he audition for drama school, Josh sees a way to escape his oppressive environment…until his mum Shirley finds him a position in the First XV alongside his brother Jamie. Josh continues to rehearse in secret for the audition.

Josh meets Samantha, the leader of an anti-tour group. Samantha’s pride in her taha Māori (Māori side) inspires Josh and he joins their protest march, landing him on the front page of the local newspaper. Narrowly missing expulsion, Josh doubles down on rugby training. He misses his audition, but when a racially motivated attack is committed by St. Gilbert’s students, Josh’s anger and frustration manifests in a powerful haka.

Madigan shows the tape to Shirley, and she and Josh reconcile. The final arrives and Josh stages a peaceful protest on the field. Shirley and Jamie join him, uniting their whānau. Josh has not had to leave; instead, he has stayed and embraced his true self, and in doing so, has started his family on the journey towards healing.

Venue: Main Theatre, Margaret River HEART – Nala Bardip Mia

Age Restriction: Mature (M). Alcohol-Free Event

Consumer Advice: Coarse language.

Run-Time: 110 Minutes

Ticket Prices: Adult $15 / Conc (pension/health care card holders) $12.50 / ArtsMR Members $11 / Child $10

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