Bravery theme to stage show

17:00, Jul 25 2013
The Brave
STORY TELLING: Actor Dominic Ona-Ariki will perform in Massive Company’s The Brave at the Mangere Arts Centre next month.

Stories of male bravery are coming to Mangere.

Theatre group Massive Company is producing The Brave, a show highlighting a new generation of men finding themselves through emotions like love, loss, fear and hope.

It's a reinterpretation of the show's successful run last year, with several new cast members and different stories to tell.

Original cast member Dominic Ona-Ariki says all the stories in the show have bravery as a central theme, with most based on personal experience.

"Everyone is stepping outside of their comfort zones and giving an insight into themselves that they wouldn't normally do.'

The stories range from serious to humorous, the Papatoetoe resident says.


One of the most moving pieces is by gay actor Todd Emerson.

"He talks about being gay and the respect he has for the people who went before them," Mr Ona-Ariki says.

The former Shortland Street actor says taking part in a stage show playing a version of himself is much different to acting on the small screen.

"On TV you get numerous attempts to give it a go. On stage it can be quite daunting."

And bringing the show to South Auckland before it goes on a North Island tour is particularly exciting, he says.

"It's awesome having that space to put it on. I love it out here so having the show closer to home is wicked."

The Brave plays at the Mangere Arts Centre Nga Tohu o Uenuku, from August 6 to 10. Go to for tickets.

Manukau Courier