...so fresh and free, so defiant of easy definition that it can only be described using words such as pioneering and unique.
Denis Welch
The New Zealand Listener

...awesome..
Susan Budd
The Dominion

...theatrical poem…
Laurie Atkinson
The Evening Post

Frangipani Perfume
Runs 55 minutes
Fri Sept 22 - 8PM
Sat Sept 23 - 5PM
Sun Sept 24 - 1PM

Market Hall Performing Arts Centre
336 George Street North
Peterborough, ON

Tickets: $15 or $12 for students, seniors, underemployed.
Call (705) 745-1788 for reservations
Recommended for ages 13 and up

Opera, sexuality, pious churches and romantic dreams are all explored in this play which ripples with energy from start to finish. Scenes change in a micro-second. One minute we’re floating in the clouds, wafted along on the scent of frangipani, the next minute we hear the sound of a toilet flushing.

Frangipani Perfume is a powerful and sensual black comedy about three Samoan sisters who have left their childhood home in the Pacific amid the blossoms of frangipani to work as cleaners in New Zealand. Trapped in a life of drudgery and looking after their elderly father, the sisters escape from the stench of the toilets they are scrubbing to memories of paradise and the sweeter scent of frangipani and coconut oil.

Frangipani Perfume tells the harsh reality for thousands of Pacific people who work as unskilled labourers. It reveals their secret dreams and fantasies while examining the tension between tradition and the reality of living in contemporary Western society. Playwright Makerita Urale flicks out satirical slaps at Margaret Mead while bowing down to the greatness of Einstein and mesmerizing tropical fragrances.

Frangipani Perfume, the first play written by a Pacific woman playwright for an all-female cast, was staged at the Australian Performing Arts Market in Adelaide in February, 2006 and will be headed to Europe and Samoa in 2007. Stunning choreography, surreal imagery and innovative production earned the play a nomination for Most Original Production at the Chapmann Trip Theatre Awards at its debut season in Wellington. Frangipani Perfume was published in 2004 by Play Press and studied at Victoria and Otago Universities.

 

Fiona Collins - Actor
Fiona Collins is a graduate of Toi Whakaari, The New Zealand Drama School. Since graduating Fiona has been seen in Vagina Monologues at Downstage Theatre, Taki Rua Theatre's Awhi Tapu by Albert Betz and directed by Nathaniel Lees, and Vula directed by Nina Nawalowalo which has recently been staged in Fiji and Sydney's Opera House studio theatre. Fiona has also had two successful seasons of her own play My Penina, and has guest starred on TVNZ's flagship drama Shortland Street.
Fiona is a Samoan New Zealander. Her parents are from the villages of Malie and Vailele in Samoa.

Joy Vaele - Actor
Joy has toured in all of Pacific Undergrounds School Tours since 1995, and has acted in Dawn Raids and Romeo & Tusi by Oscar Kightley, Tatau-Rites of Passage by Pacific Underground and Australian company Zeal. Joy is an original cast member of Frangipani Perfume, Wellington and Auckland Town Hall Seasons, and seen in the NZ Pacific feature film Siones Wedding. Joy is a Samoan New Zealander. Her parents are from the villages of Lefaga o Ali'i, Safune and Tuanai in Samoa.
Dianna Fuemana - Actor
Dianna Fuemana, playwright, theatre producer and actress was born and raised in West Auckland. Her parents originate from Niue (Mutalau) and Amerika Samoa (Pago Pago). She has studied at the University of Auckland where she has graduated with a Diploma in Drama 1995, Diploma in Arts Management 1999, Masters Degree in Creative and Performing Arts (Hons) 2005.

Over the past six years her written works for stage have taken her to Australia, Greece, across the United States, Hawaii, London and Scotland. Her writing residences include work with New World Theater (Amherst) Pangea Theater (Minneapolis) and a residence in Niue. She was a guest writer at the Tahitian Book Festival (Papeete) May 2006.

Dianna had her stage Directorial debut in 2003 with her one- man show The Packer, which toured to Wellington, Auckland, Melbourne and the 2004 Edinburgh Festival. In 2005 she wrote and directed My Mother Dreaming for an Auckland Premier at The Herald Theatre.

Her play Mapaki has been published by the Play Press Agency. This is the first of four works produced and written for the stage since 2000. Dianna has also written for television.

Makerita Urale - Writer/Producer
Makerita Urale has worked in theatre and film in New Zealand for more than 15-years developing a strong Pacific voice in the arts.

In theatre, Makerita's extensive experience includes Producer of major productions for the NZ International Festival of the Arts including Ricordi! at the Opera House (directed by Colin McColl and written by Peter Wells), A Frigate Bird Sings at Downstage Theatre (directed by Nathaniel Lees), the UK/NZ co-production Beauty and the Beast at St James Theatre (directed by Lawrence Boswell) the operatic work Classical Polynesia (Artistic director Iosefa Enari), and more recently the contemporary dance work Paradise by MAU (directed by Lemi Ponifasio) which premiered at the Auckland Festival 2003 before touring to New Caledonia and the Venice Biennale, a new play Two Days in Dream by writer Mario Gaoa (Herald Theatre, Auckland) and the sell-out show Sex With Strangers directed by Colin Mitchell featuring the cream of kiwi actors including Danielle Cormack, Stuart Devinie, Emily Barclay and Pua Magasiva and the 2005 season of Frangipani Perfume at Telstra Clear Events Centre, South Auckland.

Also a playwright, her most powerful play Frangipani Perfume was the first play written by a Pacific woman playwright for an all-female cast and was nominated Most Original Production at Chapmann Tripp Theatre Awards. Frangipani Perfume was published in 2004 by Play Press and now forms part of the English curriculum at Victoria University. Her children's play The Magic Seashell was also adapted to an illustrated children's book and published by Montana award winning publisher Roger Steele. Her children's play Popo the Fairy (2001 NZ International Laugh Festival, Pasefika Festival, Samoa Tour) is also planned for publication this year. She also writes for the Education Department's Learning Media unit and has published numerous stories and journals for schools. She is the writer of the short film Hibiscus, produced by He Taonga Films and screened on TVNZ. A former journalist for Radio New Zealand, Makerita has also freelanced as a writer for various publications focusing on the Pacific and the arts including New Internationalist magazine.

Makerita has made a successful transition to film and television as a documentary director. Most recently she was director of Gang Girl - Tarnz's Story (2005, TV2), Mob Daughters (2005 TV2), Pasefika Festival (2005 1Hr TV2 Special) and Nesian Mystik (TV2 2004) filmed in London, Tonga & NZ, as well as freelancing as a director for other programmes including the Qantas Award winning television arts programme Living Room (TV3). She is the director/producer of the documentary Savage Symbols (Beta SP, 55mins 2002 - NZ International Film Festival) filmed in New Zealand and Samoa exploring traditional symbols of male identity in Western society and the short film The Other Day in Paradise which premiered at the New York Paradise Now? Exhibition 2004. She is also the Producer of numerous award winning music videos for hip hop artist King Kapisi including Sub-Cranium Feeling, (Best Music Video - Flying Fish Awards, b.Net Awards, Mai Time TVNZ Awards) Reverse Resistance and many others.

She has had numerous invitations to speak about her work in theatre and film internationally, most recently at the Planet Indigenous Festival in Toronto, the South Pacific Arts Festival 2004 in Bealau, Micronesia and was the Keynote Speaker at the Groundswell Regional Arts Conference in New South Wales. Makerita has travelled extensively her favourite places being Moscow and St Petersburg, Ukraine, Isle of Skye in Scotland, Italy's south coast, France, Asia and throughout the Pacific. She loves languages, and is fluent in both English and Samoan with conversational Maori and French.

Makerita is currently Producing a 5-week tour of Frangipani Perfume in Canada Sept/Oct 2006, and Producer of two short films, funded by NZ Film Commission and Creative NZ.