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Kieve for Masi act

Sheenal Sharma
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A LEGENDARY British illusionist is in Fiji to work with a New Zealand-based theatre company — the Conch — in a unique theatrical production, Masi.

Paul Kieve is the only magician who has worked with the Harry Potter film series fame.

Masi, which is directed by Nina Nawalowalo, features live masi making on stage and breathtaking trickery and illusion. The play recounts the love story of a Fijian chief Ratu Noa Nawalowalo and Mary Tancock who later became Nina Nawalowalo's parents.

Ms Nawalowalo said the play had to do with identity and memories of the lost ones.

"What makes us who we are and what we hold on to when we lose someone close to us," she said.

She said there was a lot of masi in her house that linked to her father.

"We will be looking at masi making in the play which is linked in to the story," said Ms Nawalowalo.

Mr Kieve said the play was different and it was exciting for him to be part of the production.

"This is not like any other production or piece that I have been involved with," he said.

He said Masi was a pioneering production and theatre in its way was new in Fiji.

Masi will feature at the USP ICT centre on December 14, 15 and 16.