Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 7:30pm
About the Show
Written by Toa Fraser
Performed by Madleine Sami
No2 is a one-woman play with nine characters from a feisty Fijiian/New Zealand matriarch to a lovesick Rugby player. The play takes place on a scorching hot summers day when family matriarch Nanna Maria wakes up and decides she wants a feast complete with pig on a spit, red wine in bottles (not cartons) and a priest - just like in Italy. And at the feast, Nanna Maria intends to name her sucesor - her number two. Only her grandchildren - and none of her children - have been invited apart from one outsider, Father Francis...and there is one more unexpected guest.
"No. 2 is a subtle, humanistic and engaging piece of new theatre. Sami takes our breath away with the sheer cleverness and athleticism of her performance." -Mark Brown, Scotland on Sunday
Madeleine Sami is one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed young actors. Cast in Toa Fraser’s first play Bare as a teenager, she picked up the Best Actress Award in 1999, and made it two in a row in 2000 for her performance in No2. She toured Bare (with Ian Hughes) and No2 internationally performing the role in No2 more than 250 times.
Following her return to New Zealand, Madeleine has worked in a range of roles with Auckland’s Silo Theatre, Massive Company and Auckland Theatre Company, and was in the hit film Sione's Wedding.
She has had television roles on successful New Zealand drama Outrageous Fortune and The Jaquie Brown Diaries and has also been singing with her sisters, Anji and Priya as The Sami Sisters. Madeleine reprised her role in No2 last year for the 10th birthday season of the play in Auckland and is looking forward to touring it again.
(Note: Madeleine Sami did not appear in the film version of No2)
For more information about No2, visit Pasifika Artists Network
This performance was coordinated with The Performing Arts Presenters of Hawaii, and is funded in part by Creative New Zealand, Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.