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Maori TV showcase the best of Maori theatre

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Maori Television is showcasing the best of Maori theatre in its ground-breaking new drama series, ATAMIRA, which starts on ANZAC Day.

The six-part series is an original concept for Maori theatre and New Zealand television that brings feature-length Maori plays to the small screen for the first time.

Boasting a dream team of New Zealand's film industry talent - producers Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe; actors Keisha Castle-Hughes, Paolo Rotondo and Rob Mokaraka; actor/ director Rawiri Paratene; directors Tammy Davis, Rachel House - ATAMIRA is an exciting blend of creative disciplines.

The series premieres on Wednesday, 25 April at 12.10pm with the critically acclaimed Strange Resting Places, a story about a young Maori soldier and an Italian deserter in WWII. The five remaining plays will screen on Sundays at 8.30pm. The six plays are:

Strange Resting Places by Paolo Rotondo and Rob Mokaraka

Awhi Tapu by Albert Belz

Purapurawhetu by Briar Grace-Smith

When Sun And Moon Collide by Briar Grace-Smith

Irirangi Bay by Riwia Brown

The Prophet by Hone Kouka

Each of the episodes provides a unique perspective of both historical and contemporary New Zealand and also features a behind-the-scenes look at the each of the plays.

ATAMIRA is the brainchild of award-winning production house Black Inc Media and Taki Rua Productions, New Zealand's leading Maori theatre company.

Executive producer Bailey Mackey says the series aims to bring theatre and contemporary Maori stories to a wider audience. Black Inc Media specialises in Maori content programming for broader audiences and is also producing Maori Television's ANZAC Day coverage.

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