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been | Half of the Sky

Half the Sky follows the poignant, heart wrenching story of the Rose family who come together for one final birthday reunion, as they face their struggle with their eldest sister’s terminal cancer diagnosis. Lennie James’ (The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, Save Me) beautifully written script allows you to observe the unique melting pot of this whanau, as they deal with their ‘past, present and their future…all at once’.

Wonderfully acted, with the juxtaposition of incredible humour set against the reality of dealing with such a challenging subject matter, this story will have you laughing out loud and reaching for the tissues from one scene to the next as the ensemble cast brilliantly weaves together themes of loss, truth, betrayal and love.

A wonderful story with a fabulous cast, Half of the sky is a must-see play.

High recommended:       5/5

Half of the Sky marks the third collaboration between Massive Theatre Company and internationally renowned writer and actor Lennie James (The Walking DeadFear of the Walking DeadSave Me), following the success of The Sons of Charlie Paora (2004), Havoc in the Garden (2011), and was developed in collaboration with members of the Massive ensemble.

Under the direction of Artistic Director Sam ScottMassive Company

Kura Forrester
(The Wholehearted, The Adventures of Suzy Boon, 2019 Billy T Award Winner)
Grace Palmer
(Shortland Street, Home & Away)
Awhina Rose Henare-Ashby
(The Mooncake and the Kumara, Waru)
Max Palamo
(The Sons of Charlie Paora, Super City II) 
Pat Tafa
(The Wholehearted, Westside)


Loft, Q Theatre 305 Queen St, Auckland CBD

NZICF 19 | 5 mins with Kura Forrster

She danced the streets as an Eagle, considers our Prime Minister to be among her best friends (she’s watched her in a play – that counts, right?!), and has had sell-out seasons of her solo comedy show, Tiki Tour. Kura Forrester is an actor, comedian and writer whose television credits include Super City, Real Housewives of South Auckland, and Find Me A Maori Bride. She’s also appeared in The Breaker Upperers and Taika Waititi’s critically acclaimed, What We Do in the Shadows. This Comedy Fest, Kura will take to the stage in two shows; her new solo show ‘Kura, Should, Woulda’ and ‘Mincing’ with her improve super-group, Snort with Friends. We chat to her about her solo show.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Outrageous, Whimsical, Hilarious

What’s the inspiration behind it?
I’m using my true life experiences to make this show and, along with my amazing director Jessica Joy Wood, we are stretching each story out to include the characters that they bring out in me. I love to play characters and have 4 in the show who are all crack up! I talk a lot about my whānau, my ex-lovers, being the youngest and feeling like I don’t “have it all together”. But, who does right? After seeing “Kura, Shoulda Woulda” you will know heaps more about me and how I feel in the world- and have sore abs from laughing.

Where will we find you at the festival?
Well, I hang out at The Basement heaps, and most likely running between venues trying to see as much as possible!

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
Right. Hard out.

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
I think all of my fellow Billy T nominees are absolute must see’s this year. And Mincing!!

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
“Dog Days Are Over” Florence + The Machine

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Call my Agent

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
Normal Girl- SZA
Hello- Erykah Badu
Wish you were gay- Billie Eilish

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Learn how to play the guitar and speak Te Reo Māori

World Association:
Comedy– Entertainment
New Zealand- Home
Adulting– Relative
Basic- Kmart
Trend- Kmart
Joke- Glorious

2019 Billy T Nominee Kura Forrester performs her new solo show ‘Kura, Shoulda, Woulda’, as well as performing in ‘MINCING’ and with improv super-group ‘Snort With Friends’, all as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo, running May 2-26. For dates, venues, and tickets, head to comedyfestival.co.nz.