In 2003 and 2004, the Humourbeasts toured New Zealand in a stage show titled “The Untold Tales of Maui”, rewriting the traditional Maori legends of Māui.
The Untold Tales of Maui
Written by: Taika Cohen and Jemaine Clement
Director: Andrew Foster
Script Advisor: Oscar Kightley
Taika Cohen, Jemaine Clement,
Rob Mokaraka, special guest Cliff Curtis
Taki Rua Productions and Humourbeasts invite you to enter into a new kind of theatre experience. Join us as we bring the ancient legends of Maui-tikitiki-a Taranga into the modern age and tell them in a funny way.
Young Tama is a troubled teen. His Nanny a simple but wise woman, is given the task of imparting to her wayward grandson, the sacred knowledge and lessons of her forefathers through the tales of Maui, our most revered ancestor.
The stories take us on a journey into ancient Hawaiki, to a time when the sun raced across the sky like an impatient horse and you could catch fish the size of a small South Pacific nation. Centring around Maui, the tales follow him from birth to death, include all the famous myths and also one or two that have, up until now, never been heard.
At first, young Tama has no interest in these ancient myths, but through his Nanny’s incredible storytelling abilities, coupled with state of the art multi-media devices such as massive back-projections, puppetry and computer animated characters, the young fool is soon drawn in to the mysterious and fantastical world of Maui and his famous exploits.