Kotuku and the Moon Child is coming to Ghost Light Theatre this weekend. Photo: Supplied

Kōtuku and the Moon Child to delight local audiences with masks, puppetry and music


A story told with absolutely no spoken word aims to bring magic into the lives of families this weekend.

‘Kōtuku and the Moon Child’ is a family show that is a story about loss, longing and finding the way back home.

It features masks, puppetry and original music by Wellington composer David Sanders.

Created by Nelson’s own professional theatre company Birdlife Productions, ‘Kōtuku and the Moon Child’ will be “thoroughly enchanting” for everyone aged 5 years to 95 years, says creator Bridget Sanders.

“Maori believe that seeing just one White Heron/kōtuku in your life will bring you good fortune – but what if your sister got captured by a bad one and it was your fault so you went after her and got captured as well?

“How could this possibly be seen as ‘good fortune’ – unless of course your adventure turned out better than expected and some really cool stuff happened on the way.”

Local conductor Joel Bolton says it is an “absolutely brilliant” production.

“The wonderful storytelling abilities of Roger and Bridget will take you on a journey of exquisite artistry and simplicity that will leave you wanting more. True story telling at its finest.”

The show is on at Ghost Light Theatre at 146 Bridge St, Saturday September 15 at 11am and 6pm

Tickets $10 and $35 (Family x 4)  Door sales or https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2018/k-tuku-and-the-moon-child/nelson