Having delighted audiences at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, we’re thrilled to see the boys of the Modern Maori Quartet back for round two.
Needless to say their dapper attire and killer harmonies continue to be their trademarks, but this time the boys are returning to their theatrical roots.
With acting as smooth as their fabulous vocals, their show Two Worlds is a brilliant and polished piece of theatre.
Exploring what it means to be Maori in the twenty-first century, we’re invited into a musical world inhabited by Big Bro, Uncle, Koro and Bub.
With real humour and heart, these characters explore everything from the importance of whanau (family & friends), to the racism Maori have had to face.
But what’s really stunning is just how much story they’re able to simply and poignantly tell. Allowing us to understand the culture and history, this one-hour show has so many layers, yet feels utterly seamless.
We also gain insight into more unenlightened times when many Maori felt scared to embrace their culture, or even speak their own language.
With harmonies absolutely on point, these complex themes are gently weaved together by an inspired mix of of English and Maori lyrics – sometimes even within the same track.
Old favourites such as Quando Quando Quando, Jailhouse Rock, and a Haere Mai medley, though to MMQ’s own songs not only entertain, but cleverly advance the story.
Delivering laughter, tears, and of course those wonderful melodies, Two Worlds is a truly magical performance – we cannot recommend it enough.
Modern Maori Quartet
Assembly George Square Studios
August 10-12, 14-27