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KIDZONLY - Poetry in motion

The sweet sound of multiple marimbas emanated from Gisborne’s Unity Theatre last week as the Aurora Drama group rehearsed for their upcoming performance, Manaakitia Papatuanuku (Perform Me a Poem). Here Honor Phillips and Alia Sims concentrate on getting the notes right as they practise on their marimbas. The Aurora Drama group is made up of children from 11 Gisborne city and rural schools selected because of their abilities in the performing arts and high literacy levels. Under the guidance of specialist music teacher Michelle Hall, they have crafted a performance based on the works of poet Hone Tuwhare and other New Zealand-inspired poetry. The show is made up of four poems set to music, accompanied by movement, and is on for family and friends at Unity Theatre tomorrow. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell