Lack of indigenous actors to play Jimmy in Priscilla Musical - Producer

By Taroi Black
  • Ahitereiria

E pātaihia ana e tētahi whetū hopi te whakakorenga mai o te hunga iwi moemoeā i te whakaari o Priscilla, Kuini o Te Koraha. Koira te whakatau a ngā kaihautu o taua whakaari.

He rongonui ia mo te turanga Alf i runga i a Home and Away, ka puta ngā whakaaro a te kaiwhakaari o Ahitereria a Ray Meagher mo te whakaaturanga Priscilla ki Aotearoa.

“It's just a fantastic event, I wouldn't have come out from across the ditch to do it having done it for nearly a year unless I really loved it.”

Ahakoa tōna ngākau nui ki te whakaaturanga, kei te pāpouri ia mo te korenga o te kaiwhakaari iwi taketake mai i te kiriata o te tau iwa tekau mā whā.

"When you go out there to those places on a bus, it's unusual not to run in to a few aboriginals so to have one representing that lot because people want to represent their country why not a better reality of it."

"Some would say, what are you doing sticking an aboriginal in there, and others would say, wasn't it great that you truly reflected what that part of the world has and the people from that part of the world."

I waimarie te hunga pāpāho mo tēnei wāhanga o te whakaaturanga ka whakarewa ki te Civic Theatre i Tamaki Makaurau.

Ko Alan Dargin no te iwi moemoea te kaitapere a Jimmy i roto i te kiriata. Engari i mate ia i te tau rua mano ma waru. Heoi kua whakakorea e ngā kaihautū a Jimmy.

E ai ki te Kaiwhakahaerea a Garry McMuinn says, “When we started this and frankly we cut it because somewhat we were embarrassed. We had Jimmy who was played by an aboriginal performer and we've generally to the extent, thought it was possible, that we persisted in that Jimmy role and you know brutally honestly, when we can't find an aboriginal to play that role which happens throughout the world like playing in Spain, that's a challenge okay, we don't have it.”

No te timatanga o ngā mahi i whakaurua he rōpū waiata iwi taketake heoi ko te whakatau a ngā kaihautū kua whakakorea te iwi moemoea.

"We were looking at it and thought, seriously we're doing a show and we got white performers up stage behind our beautiful drag queens pretending to be an aboriginal community", you can't do that,” says McQuinn.

E ai ki a McQuinn, i topea te turanga a Jimmy i roto i tēnei whakaaturanga, kei tōmuri pea te haere o ngā korero me te mea hoki, torutoru noaiho te hunga iwi taketake hei whakakii i tēnei turanga.

"We were looking at it and thought, seriously we're doing a show and we got white performers up stage behind our beautiful drag queens pretending to be an aboriginal community", you can't do that,” says McQuinn.

Ahakoa te korenga o ngā turanga iwi taketake, kei te whakapono tonu a McQuinn he mea nui tonu ngā pakiwaitara e pa ana ki ngā iwi moemoea. 

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