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Nafanua by Tommy Misa

  • Watt Space Gallery 20 Auckland Street Newcastle, NSW, 2300 Australia (map)
Nafanua by Tommy Misa. Image by Dean Tirkot

Nafanua by Tommy Misa. Image by Dean Tirkot

Originating from a short performance work developed at PACT during Performance Space’s Queer Nu Werk program earlier this year, PACT offered Tommy the opportunity to develop the work further through their partnership with Crack Theatre Festival and the Generate Program.

Inspired by real life events and at different times in Tommy's life Nafanua is a story about loss, grief and how it enables connection. It looks at queerness in the Pacific and it's relationship to religion and also the impacts of colonisation in the Pacific.

Tommy has received a call from his father with news that his Grandmother has passed away and he must return to Samoa for the funeral. This comes as a rude awakening for Tommy who lives in Sydney’s thriving inner-western suburb where woke millennials discuss complex social and political topics from the comfort of trendy bars and wellness centres while sipping on green smoothies (through paper straws, obviously)

When arriving back to Samoa Tommy is both reconnecting and struggling with some harsh truths about a country and way of life he knew little of. He learns of the harsh realities of climate change in the pacific, of its dark history under New Zealand colonial rule, and of complex relationship the Islands have between Christianity and Fa’a Samoa (the Samoan way). All whilst learning language, how to hold his own in the chaos of a Samoan funeral and also the importance of learning where one comes from.


This event is presented as part of the GENERATE program - a partnership between PACT and Crack Festival, supported by Create NSW

Crack Festival is one of the festivals that make up This is Not Art, an annual festival of experimental and emerging arts in Newcastle, Australia.

When: Thursday 3rd October 8:00-8:45pm + Friday 4th October 8:30-9:15pm
Venue: Watt Space Gallery, 20 Auckland St, Newcastle
Tickets: FREE!

Earlier Event: September 4
Sorry to Cut You Off Penny
Later Event: November 9