E Ono Tama’i Pato by Maureen Fepulea’i

E Ono Tama’i Pato is the moving story of the struggle for a group of women to forgive the painful wrongs done to them and their children by the various men in their lives. Easier said than done.

– Southside Arts Festival

Powerful, no other word comes to mind to describe being a part of the intimate group who gathered for the play reading of E Ono Tama’i Pato.

I am not one for public displays of emotions but I struggled many times to hold back the tears. The words bounced off the pages and brought to life by the talented female cast (pictured above).

The bubbly personalities of the six Samoan women were spot on portrayals of a family member/friend we all know. The expectations of a Samoan wife sounded all too familiar. And when the views of one may differ or remain unchanged regardless of age, there is respect.

Although it appeared like your typical island gathering, you can’t help but suspect that there is more than meets the eye. No funnier joke or smile too big that could shade the real pain these characters had experienced.

It is my hope that this script be picked up by theatre companies. As much as I’d love to see it on stage, I believe this is can transcend into something larger. The script speaks of the raw truth which so many in our community live with, it’s time to let it out.

Thank you Southside Arts Festival, Papakura Art Gallery but most of all Maureen and cast for a memorable evening. Keep up the great work and see you on stage/screen very soon. 🙂


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