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March 8, 2021

Seventeen Year Old Play Staged

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A seventeen year old play has finally been staged, thanks to the 2014 Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture.

The play, originally from Madang, was written by local Abraham Kuaka in 1997, when he was still studying at the Theatre of Arts at the University of Papua New Guinea.


The play is staged in a traditional setting, but is related to contemporary PNG society.


Following the deaths of their parents, the elder brother played by John Sedeka, a grade eleven student, takes up the responsibility of raising his younger sister, played by Elisa Pavia.


Their dreams are shattered when an old antagonist from the dead world enters the world of the living and forces John, for his sister’s hand in marriage. 


Failure to do so will result in the death of the entire human race. As the play continues, Elisa meets another girl previously taken captive by the con artist. And with the help of their spiritual ancestors, they combine strength, trick and kill the deceiving old man and saved the human race.    


The language used in the play is rich with metaphors and similes and most of the characters are first time casts.


The plays’ theme: Do not trade your birth right and seek advice from trusted elders.


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