A gutsy portrayal of whānau and motherhood, Mitch Tawhi Thomas’s multi award-winning play is rooted in heartfelt comedy, brutal honesty, and the enduring human spirit.
Pakaru explores a young family helmed by Jess, a solo mother, trying to survive on the breadline in present day Aotearoa. Burdened by bills, social welfare, and a small pay packet, she faces huge expectations and two teenage twins eager to explore the world without her. While battling to provide a life with dignity for her tamariki, she decides it is time to think about herself for a change and meets Tahi online. Their first date begins a whirlwind of laughter, tears, and surprises as this new man enters their lives.
Filled with real characters dealing with real issues, this critically-acclaimed family portrait is carried by – and speaks powerfully to – the value of everyday truth and aroha.