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Scribe coming to Tauranga stage

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Malo Luafutu aka Scribe. Photo/File
Malo Luafutu aka Scribe. Photo/File

The White Guitar is coming to Tauranga.

The play written and performed by Malo Luafutu, aka Scribe, Matthias Luafutu and John Luafutu will feature at Baycourt Theatre on October 14 and 15.

"If there's any show that you're going to see in the next decade, this has to be it" - RNZ National

Following standing ovations and sell-out seasons in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Tour-Makers and The Conch are taking The White Guitar to Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne, Napier and Nelson.

Directed by Nina Nawalowalo and Jim Moriarty, The White Guitar features Scribe performing alongside his father, John, and brother, Matthias, telling the true story of their family - the Luafutus.

Scribe was one of New Zealand's best-known hip-hop artists with a platinum-selling album and APRA Silver Scroll Award to his name.

He collaborated with his actor brother, Matthias, and his father, self-taught musician and writer John, to create the script for The White Guitar.

Scribe said creating the play had been an incredible journey for himself, his father and brother.

"We've become even closer as a family as we've been bringing our story to the stage. We haven't shed away from the truth of our lives."

Matthias had been building a career in acting after attending a workshop while at Weymouth Residential Centre and has been part of Jim Moriarty's theatre group, Te Rakau and performed on stage, television and in films for the past 16 years.

Earlier this year he and John acted together in the film Ghost in the Shell which features Hollywood stars Juliette Binoche, Scarlett Johansen and Pilou Asbaek.

The White Guitar will be perfromed at Baycourt Theatre on October 14 and 15 at 8pm.

Tickets are available through Ticketek or phone 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) and for full details of the tour visit

- Bay of Plenty Times

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