Kia ora Khalid

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A children's opera, The show takes place over a lunch hour in a New Zealand school, where we meet Tom, a pakeha boy, who has a bit of a mouth that he can't control, Trang, a first generation Cambodian New Zealander, Serena a Samoan migrant and ever the diplomat, and Khalid, an Afghani that arrived in New Zealand via the Nauru island detention camp.

The work explores these children's family stories, revealing that you don't have to go far back in any New Zealand family tree to find the refugee story in all of us. As part of the development process for this production workshops were held with students in Wellington and Auckland, which has helped to inform the storylines.

With a score by acclaimed composer Gareth Farr, a story by award-winning playwright Dave Armstrong, and bringing together a cast that includes a children's choir, this production is a feast for the senses.

"It's great to see children's theatre of this calibre creating quality theatre for young people that celebrates New Zealand." The Listener

Writer Credit: 
Dave Armstrong
Cast: 
4
Max cast: 
24
Female: 
2
Female max: 
2
Male: 
2
Male max: 
2
Either max: 
20
Form: 
Short Play
Cast: 
Performed by children
Performed for children
Young Adult
Style: 
Opera
Themes: 
Social
Additional credit: 
Kia ora Khalid was originally commissioned by Capital E National Theatre for Children
Availability: 
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