Cabaret, Music


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Storytelling, visuals, dance and original songs combine for a powerful and uplifting celebration of Indigenous culture from Aotearoa New Zealand and Te Whēnua Moemoeā (Land of the Dreamtime) Australia.

Employing strong visuals projected on screen, emotionally charged song, deeply personal storytelling and genuine raw emotions of anger, grief, sadness and joy, Reckoning leads its audience through a process of truthtelling and truth-accepting in an innovative and celebratory concert.

The themes of the show are brought to life with original costuming, symbolic staging, atmospheric lighting, inspiring lyrics in language and an utterly dance-worthy contemporary sound by Samuel Gaskin and The Merindas.

A diverse cast – featuring Samuel Gaskin, Candice Lorrae, Piri Neho, Paula Barbee and Mahana Maihi-Taniora – combine personal stories of their ancestors with original songwriting as they explore the power of connecting to their Indigenous bloodlines.

  • Merging both Māori and Aboriginal culture through the power of music and video, RECKŌNING is a cultural tour de force.

    Rolling Stone
  • The real joy however of Reckoning is its original music, blend of different art forms and authentic storytelling.

    Broadway World
  • Producers & Creative Directors Samuel Gaskin & Johnny Hamilton

  • Director Samuel Gaskin

  • Co-Director Michala Banas

  • Performers Samuel Gaskin, Candice Lorrae, Paula Barbee, Piri Neho, Mahana Maihi-Taniora

  • Choreographer Samuel Gaskin

  • Stage Designer Johnny Hamilton

  • Soundscape Producers Candice Lorrae & Samuel Gaskin

  • Make-up Designer Ben Dniprowskij

  • Sound Mix Candice Lorrae

  • Main Photo Michelle Grace Hunder

  • Additional Photo Steve Brown

Supported by Regional Arts Victoria, Australia Council, Creative Victoria, Multicultural Arts Victoria and Melbourne Fringe

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