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The Meteor hosts glimpse of love in today’s Samoa

Fiona Collins’ new play aloFA has a two-show stint at The Meteor in September.

Emotive and courageous, aloFA tells a universal story all people can relate to and draw from through the essence and essentialness of love, known in Samoan as “aloFA”.

Set in present-day Samoa, aloFA follows the Su’eloto family – “Su’e” meaning to search/find, “loto” meaning heart. Eldest son Niko returns home after 25 years away and is immediately confronted with consequences of his long absence by his father and family.

The story unfolding is complicated and heart-rending, but hauntingly recognizable as these familiar characters use humour to navigate their way through the events, emotions and epic aftermath of the night that tore their family apart.

“We’ve been referring to the show as both heart-breaking and heart-warming,” says The Meteor General Manager Deb Nudds.

“We think the community will respond really well to this piece because it balances between the dark and the light,” says Nudds’ colleague Hannah Mooney. “It’s both hard-hitting and humorous”.

Described as by audiences as having a “beautiful use of humor in what could have been a bleak message…”, aloFA is a superbly thought-provoking drama causing audiences to examine their own relationships involving all spectrums of love.

Directed and written by NZ- Samoan screen and play writer Fiona Collins aloFA features  – who performances by leading Samoan actors Uelese Petaia, Ali Foa’i, Iaheto Ah Hi, and Atutahi Potaka-Dewes.

“It’s really awesome to have Fiona’s work in our space and facilitate the telling of a story that a lot of people can relate to,” says Nudds. “Fiona’s work on the film Vai was incredible so I’m really looking forward to see her writing on stage.”

With sell-out shows in both Wellington and Rotorua aloFA is an unmissable piece of storytelling, tickets for are available now on The Meteor website at http://themeteor.co.nz/event/alofa/.

The two performances of  aloFa at the Meteor are on September 12 and 14, 7pm. Tickets are $22.50 and are available through www.themeteor.co.nz

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