“I had only ever heard the sounds of gunshots in movies,” she remembers. “This one was different.” Both a love letter to his homeland and a lament, this powerful new work by Ahi Karunaharan (My Heart Goes Thadak Thadak, The Mourning After) sweeps from 1950s Sri Lanka to modern-day Aotearoa, where Sangeetha is now living with a son of her own, Deepan.
The only remnant of the past is an old mixtape filled with memories. As Deepan plays the 17 songs one by one – Dusty Springfield, La Bamba, the hit single from a Tamil rom-com – the story of what happened to their family unfolds through the music to reach its unforgettable conclusion.
Location Te wāhi
ASB Waterfront Theatre, Wynyard QuarterPlan your route
Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
ASB Waterfront Theatre is a 17-minute walk from Britomart Station and accessible by many bus routes, including the City Link route.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
If driving, pre-book a spot in the theatre car park on Jellicoe Street for $13.