white guitar
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Renowned hip-hop artist Scribe features with his father John and brother Matthias in the stunning true story of their family, the Luafutus.

"I represent the thousand souls that never made it this far." SCRIBE

A grandmother's dream of a better life in New Zealand collides with the reality of hardship and loss: a man's journey from boyhood innocence into the heart of darkness – through violence, drug addiction, prison and gangs – to the possibility of hope, healing and redemption.

With the intensity of a live gig, music pumps through the story's veins – from the first songs of a grandmother as she sings along with her white guitar, to the power of rock 'n' roll, the beats of hip-hop and church hymns.

A story of hardship, loss, hope and healing.

The White Guitar is the best and most affecting piece of theatre I have seen, hands down, for a long time.” THEATREVIEW

“As the Christchurch audience rose to offer the Luafutu men a standing ovation I knew I had just witnessed a seminal moment in New Zealand theatre history.” THE PRESS

From The Conch
Directors: Nina Nawalowalo and Jim Moriarty
Script Consultant: Oscar Kightley
Creative Development: Ole Maiava
Lighting Design: Lisa Maule
Visual Design: Owen McCarthy
Sound Design: Chris Winter

Originally commissioned by the Christchurch Arts Festival

Warning: R13+ Strong Language. Themes include Domestic Violence and Drug Use. 

Theatre Royal

Thu 20 & Fri 21 Oct, 8pm
90 mins, no interval

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