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Friday, March 2, 2012

Theatre, love and chess - the great combination!

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Hi everyone,

There is another play that revolves around chess and love.

Fijian boy meets English girl over a game of chess and begin an unlikely love affair.
Artistic director Nina Nawalowalo's parents' first meeting in Wellington in the 1950s is the premise for The Conch theatre company's new play Masi.

Her father was a Fijian high chief from the island of Kadavu and her mother the daughter of Cambridge-educated public schoolmasters.

The pair met at the Wellington Chess Club and their young romance was captured in photographs by then budding photographer Ans Westra – her mother's flatmate.

"It was quite unusual in the 1950s, a Pacific Island man marrying an English woman. Also the story is very elemental, because a lot of New Zealanders' parents or grandparents came from somewhere else. So it's a meeting of different cultures in that way."

A story close to her heart, Nawalowalo has been developing the play for several years. Her father has since died and her mother has been battling dementia.

"When one loses their parents, these memories which are linked to something in the past become so important. It's something everybody goes through, losing things in that way."

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