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Cradle Song

  • Written by Albert Belz
  • Directed by Tainui Tukiwaho
  • Produced by Te Rēhia Theatre Company
  • 18 - 22 Sep
  • Q Theatre Loft
  • Auckland

Set in the South West of Ireland 1999, at a nunnery near the fictitious village of Sibeal (County Kerry), two young women are on their big OE when they come face-to-face with the super-natural force of Briar Faith.

Te Rēhia Theatre brings you Albert Belz’s new award-winning thriller Cradle Song. This gripping new work follows the success of Belz’s Yours Truly, a now iconic New Zealand thriller performed nationwide. 

Cradle Song is this writers reaction to the tragic discovery of a mass children’s grave which was part of a Home for Unmarried Mothers in the township of Tuam, Ireland.  

Starring Donogh Rees and directed by Tainui Tukiwaho Cradle Song is presented in collaboration with Q Theatre.

“Sleep, sleep, grah mo chree
Here on your mamma’s knee”


Te Rēhia Theatre, established in 2012, is a proudly Māori theatre, championing Māori playwrights, tikanga Māori arts practice, te reo Māori and the presentation of our diverse stories; from absurdist te reo Māori mask theatre (He Tūru Māu) to site specific horror theatre in the last few months alone!  This latest excursion into Horror/Thriller theatre by prolific Māori playwright Albert Belz is a prime example of the diversity of stories Māori artists are telling.  



Tue 18 Sep 8.15pm Q Theatre Auckland
Wed 19 Sep 8.15pm Q Theatre Auckland
Thu 20 Sep 8.15pm Q Theatre Auckland
Fri 21 Sep 8.15pm Q Theatre Auckland
Sat 22 Sep 8.15pm Q Theatre Auckland

“A spine-tingling thriller from award-winning Maori playwright Albert Belz is not for the feint-hearted ... Those who enjoy the adrenalin rush of a good fright will not be disappointed ... The play deftly handles the classic arc of a supernatural thriller”

NZ Herald