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Play portrays Pacific plight

Torika Tokalau
Sunday, December 08, 2013

THE opening night of "Moana: The Rising of The Sea" on Friday was a success.

Collaborator Igelese Ete said the show, which depicts the fight of the Pacific against climate change through the rise of sea level was well received by the audience.

"It was a story from a village in the Pacific that are affected by the rise in sea level, an effect of climate change. They are forced to relocate and there is this conflict because some of them want to leave and some of the villagers want to stay in their homes," Mr Ete said.

"People could really feel the emotion through the song and dance and that was exactly what we wanted to express."

He said climate change effects were a reality in the Pacific and he, along with other collaborators Vilsoni Ereniko, Allan Alo and Peter Espiritu, wanted to capture this in the show.

"People have to realise the realities of climate change and the rise of sea level. It's not just for those of us in the Pacific but those overseas as well, from bigger countries that contribute to carbon emissions and climate change."

The final show was held last night.