An iconic Kiwi play about a New Zealand man who, after returning from the Vietnam War, finds himself at odds with his culture, his history and his memories.

     "Michael. Michael James Manaia. That’s me. Otherwise known as Mick."

Michael James Manaia is packed full of dynamic theatrical action and colourful characters. We follow his journey through childhood, family, love, grief, violence, conflict and passion.

After first premiering at Wellington’s Downstage Theatre in 1991, John Broughton's heart-wrenching one-man play went on to the Edinburgh Festival and celebrated performances across the globe. It was restaged in Wellington in March 2012 for the New Zealand International Arts Festival and received acclaimed reviews, including being named the theatrical highlight of the festival by Dominion Post reviewer Ewen Coleman.

His is a simple yet effective and very powerful piece of storytelling brought to life with energy, power and commitment by Te Kohe Tuhaka in Taki Rua's production under the direction of Nathaniel Lees.” – Dominion Post

Directed by Nathaniel Lees and starring Te Kohe Tuhaka in the title role, this new interpretation of the story crosses the generations.

Director Nathaniel Lees says, “We as an audience become witnesses to this man’s struggle to get a handhold on reasons for his actions as he relives and is flooded by memories and images of his life – from his close relationship with his younger brother in rural New Zealand through to the horrific images, memories and consequences of his role in the Vietnam War.”

Presented in partnership with Q Theatre as part of the 2012 season of Q Presents.


Please Note that "Michael James Manaia" contains Strobe effects, explosive sound effects, and strong language.