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Event: ScatterGun: After the Death of Rūaumoko

Silo Theatre is stoked to kick off their 2024 programme with the nocturnal ride that is ScatterGun: After the Death of Rūaumoko playing at Q Theatre, Loft from 18 April to 4 May. Created and performed by the award-winning Ana Chaya Scotney (Ngai Tūhoe), this epic solo show is a love letter to Aotearoa that explores the themes of grief, whānau, connection, and identity.

Agnes is existential. She is reflecting on life, following the death of her little brother Rūaumoko, at a memorial on the fifth anniversary of his passing. She takes us with her on one night of here life through the streets of her city and the sinews and synapses of her internal world to meet people, spirits, and other-earthly forces that lead her home. 

Mashing up poetry, waiata, storytelling, movement, and sound, ScatterGunsurfs through themes of displacement, grief and the human connection to te whenua ūkaipō (homeland). To create ScatterGun Scotney spoke to whānau from Te Urewera, Pōneke, and Tāmaki Makaurau, combining their voices with personal experiences and her wild imagination to bring ten characters to the stage that will make you laugh, cry and feel uplifted. 

“To watch Scotney perform is to witness something that is both mythic and urgent” – Theatre Travels, Sydney

Universal in scope, this show is for anyone who is, or has been a confused twenty-something, sussing out where to stand, and call home in Aotearoa today: Agnes is dancing on a hotplate with all the feels that come with some of the contrasts of being between worlds – Māori and Pākehā, contemporary and traditional, individual and collective, urban and natural. We’re with Agnes as she surfs through moments of grief and joy, the realms of atua (gods) and the material world. Sometimes emo, sometimes witchy, she hasn’t lost her sense of humour in the mission to embrace change and hold her ground.

Photo credit – Andi Crown


Q Theatre, Loft
18 April – 4 May
Tue–Wed: 7pm, Thu–Sat: 8pm, Sun: 5pm



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