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Papa Hou at the YMCA, Christchurch
Open Yourself Up to The Wholehearted
"Tackling the issues of our daily lives in a relatable, humouristic and thought-provoking manner both comedic and at times heart wrenching." NZ Herald
An honest portrayal of the extreme power of love, The Wholehearted is a heart-warming devised theatre work that spans generations, genders and cultures. A mix of characters tenderly and humorously share with us their search for a wholehearted way of life, exploring what people do in the pursuit of love and how love changes us.
Journeys of heartbreak, grief and loss are charmingly and vigorously transformed by the ensemble to the courage, compassion and joy that exists within each of us.
"It's a beast this life. But what a beautiful struggle"
The ensemble comprises established actors Bree Peters (Shortland Street, The Weight of Elephants), Milo Cawthorne (Power Rangers, When We Go To War, Once on Chunuk Bair) and Kura Forrester (Perplex, What We Do In the Shadows, Supercity) alongside rising stars Pat Tafa (Westside), Denyce Su'a (Get It Girl), Theo David and Villa Lemanu. The effervescent cast delivers a diversity of skills, personalities and perspectives.
Massive Company’s Artistic Director, Sam Scott, says, “We make our shows for those who love to feel the impact of their theatre experience; who want meaning and connection through seeing stories that make them laugh and dream around their own lives. We make theatre for those who want less injury and more beauty in the world.
“In this tricky, topsy turvy world of ours, The Wholehearted is a great antidote. This show is transformative and fills its audiences with joy and hope about living.”
"The cast exemplify in every way just what it is to be 'wholehearted' " Theatreview
The Wholehearted is a physically charged exploration of vulnerability and the Superhero-inspired moments of our inner lives.
About Massive Company:
For 26 years, Massive Company, one of New Zealand’s most innovative professional theatre companies, has uncovered hundreds of stories from the community and developed them into powerful theatre works full of vigour and heart.
Massive Company unites young and emerging theatre artists with established practitioners, giving newcomers time and space to flex their creative muscle through devising, performing and directing. The work they produce is distinctly Kiwi, genuine and contemporary.