Capital E National Theatre for Children brings a fresh take on theatre show Hinepau to 15 theatres across Aotearoa, encouraging our rangatahi in Years 5-9 to think about their identity.

Hinepau, the enchanting tale about staying true to yourself, respecting our environment, history, cultural traditions and understanding how the choices we make affect other people, will tour New Zealand during Term 3 (July-September).

Based on the 1993 book by Gavin Bishop and originally devised in 2005 by a team of Māori practitioners: Rachel House, Peter Wilson, Jamie McCaskill, Erina Daniels, Stephen Tamarapa and Maria Walker, Hinepau is hugely popular for students Years 5-9.

Hinepau is different from other members of the hapū (community). She looks different, weaves back to front, inside out, and she just won’t follow the in-crowd. As time moves on the influence of the tētē ara (upcoming chief) grows, along with his arrogance. When this leads to her banishment and the village’s ruin, only Hinepau’s choice can save the very people who rejected her. 

Two of the original devisors, Jamie McCaskill as Director, and Erina Daniels as Creative Consultant, with performers Carrie Green, Erroll Anderson, Jean Volkerling, and Tom Knowles tell the story of Hinepau. They’ll have you giggling at the quirky jokes and humming great songs long after you leave the theatre.

The show fosters a love and respect for Aotearoa’s unique place in the world, and sends the message that the tamariki (young people) and mokopuna (descendants) are the kaitiaki (custodians/trustees) of the future.

Capital E’s Creative Producer Marianne Taylor says, “Humour, Māori mythology and waiata are expertly delivered by our performers to present a story of kaitiakitanga.”

Following the show, students will have the opportunity to meet the cast and play a game where they can discover more about each character in the performance.

Bookings are open for all Capital E shows. For further information on how to book, dates and times visit the Capital E website

Touring Term 3 July-September 2016, Nationally

Show time 11am (followed by 30 minute post-show engagement activity with the cast)

Total duration 1 hour 30 minutes

North Island

  • Wellington – Hannah Playhouse, 27-29 July
  • New PlymouthTSB Showplace Theatre Royal, 2 August
  • HamiltonClarence Street Theatre, 5 August
  • ManukauVodafone Events Centre, 9 August
  • WhangareiForum North, 15 August
  • TaurangaBaycourt Community & Arts Centre, 18 August
  • RotoruaCivic Theatre, 22 August
  • GisborneWar Memorial Theatre,  25 August
  • Palmerston NorthRegent on Broadway, 19 September
  • North ShoreBruce Mason Centre, 22 September

South Island

  • ChristchurchIsaac Theatre Royal, 2 September
  • InvercargillCivic Theatre, 6 September
  • DunedinKings & Queens Performing Arts Centre, 9 September