Māori designers dress Priscilla

By Taroi Black, Te Kāea
  • Tāmaki Makaurau

Tokorua ngā kaihoahoa kākahu Māori kua whai wāhi ake ki te whakaari nui whakaharahara o Priscilla Queen of the Desert, tērā i puaki ake i Tāmaki inapō.  He mea tiki ake i te kiriata o te tau iwa tekau mā tahi, he whakaari tēnei mō ngā kiritakune whakawahine a Tick, Adam rātou ko Bernadette e takahi ana i te ara ki te hiku o Ahitereiria mā runga i te pahi, ko Priscilla tōna ingoa. 

Whā rau whitu tekau mā tahi ngā kākāhu, whā tekau mā rima ngā makawe, kotahi rau rua tekau ngā hū a te whakaari a Priscilla i whakaaturia ki Tāmaki. 

I te rā whai muri ake i te whakaari tuatahi ka hui tahi mātou me ngā kaihanga kākāhu a Campbell Stodart rāua ko Anthony Hotere, he uri Māori i waimarie ki te whai wāhi atu ki tēnei kaupapa.

Hei tā Stodart, “I think the story is quite diverse because it kind of ticks a lot of boxes.  There's the father-son relationship. There's the friendship between the drag queens and the transsexuals.  There's the humor and the madness and the craziness of it all, as well and the iconic Australian reference, which I think for Kiwis is really important.”

Hei tā Hotere, “I think I've grown with the story as well. I think it's important understanding the roles of each of the characters and seeing in the last 20 years how the scene has changed, how the community has changed, how the world has changed and these characters has influenced a part of that.”

Nā ngā kaiwhakaari te mahi nui ki te whakatinana i tēnei whakaari e kite ai i te wairua hihiko me te ngākau aroha.

A, e whakapono ana a Stodart, ko te whainga nui, kia rerekē, kia manahau anō ngā kākāhu.

E ai ki a Stodart, “We like to source our people who have the skills and the personality and the ability and the availability to jump on board and contribute and kind of morph together with an international touring company.”

Tekau ngā mema o te rōpū kākāhu nō Aotearoa, tokorua ano nō Piritana Nui. Heoi ko te rerekētanga o Stodart me Hotere, ko tō rāua ngākau nui ki ngā mahi kuini o te pō.

Hei tā Hotere, “I would be Mitzi in the middle because, you know, for me the drag that I do personally is not living my life as a drag queen, it's more just the performance side and I also would be in that age-group as well.”

E rua ngā whakaari kei te toe i roto o Civic ka tū hei tēnei Taite ki te Paraire. 

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