“Our children do as they’re told. That’s our family dynamic”
A European debut for an exciting new voice from New Zealand.
11-year-old Harry Hunter is missing.
While they wait for news, Anahera – a newly qualified Māori social worker – supports Harry’s distraught parents.
But as the hours pass and the situation pushes everyone to their limits, Anahera is forced to take a stand.
Anahera returns to the Finborough Theatre where it was originally given a staged reading in Vibrant 2018 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights. In New Zealand, it was chosen for Auckland Theatre Company’s workshop Next Stage in 2015 and was a finalist in the Adam NZ Play Awards in 2016. It premiered in September 2017 at Circa Theatre in Wellington, receiving rave reviews, and won Most Outstanding New New Zealand Play at the Wellington Theatre Awards 2017
Thrilling and impressively intelligent tale of family trauma that’s as engrossing as it is horrifying
The overwhelming performances solidify the effects of childhood trauma and unhealed wounds, and Anahera manages to start a conversation that has no effective resolution
Anahera is truly ot an easy watch – a play that evokes genuine fear and raises controversial and uncomfortable questions