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Michael James Manaia

What do you do when the country you grew up in
the country you fought for
has no place for you?

Michael James Manaia is flooded by memories and images of his life, including the close relationship with his younger brother in rural New Zealand, through to the consequences of his role in the Vietnam War.

Twenty years ago, Michael James Manaia by playwright John Broughton, first stunned audiences around the world. This new staging is led by a powerhouse solo performance from Te Kohe Tuhaka and directed by award-winning director Nathaniel Lees.

fortyfivedownstairs partners with New Zealand’s national Maori theatre company Taki Rua to present the Australian premiere of Michael James Manaia by John Broughton – a poignant story about a New Zealand man who returns from the Vietnam War struggling with his culture and history.

This raw, humorous and unsentimental play has become the voice of a lost generation and an undisputed theatre classic.

Initiated by SaySIX Theatre

Twenty years ago, Michael James Manaia by playwright John Broughton, first stunned audiences around the world. This new staging is led by a powerhouse solo performance from Te Kohe Tuhaka and directed by award-winning director Nathaniel Lees.

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