It’s 1983 and it’s on like Donkey Kong! Young Hēmi ‘Jimmy’ Te Rehua is the king of the Whakatāne Astrocade Amusement Parlour. But while there’s no limit to his domination of the Pac-Man and Galaga high-score charts, this boy genius hasn’t yet worked out how to beat the game of life. With the help of the Astrocade’s grouchy owner and his plucky mum, Jimmy learns how to stand up to bullies and what it really means to be brave.
Welcome to the Auckland Premiere of Albert Belz’s Astroman in partnership with Auckland Theatre Company and in association with Auckland Arts Festival March-April 2019. Jump on the back of our redline BMX and we’ll take yous alllll the way back to Whakatāne 1983 – Video Game Capital of the World! Charming and hilarious, this heart-warming throwback to the decade of Poi E, Michael Jackson and spacies arcades oozes sweet ’80s nostalgia and the good old times of growing up in small-town Aotearoa. In the spirit of classic coming-of-age tales Stand By Me and Boy, Astroman’s touching Māori story of family, friendship and courage will have you reaching for the stars.
A fun-filled retro comedy for the 80s kids and the kids-at-heart.
Cast includes Miriama McDowell and Nicola Kawana
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