Modern Māori Quartet to bring hit show to Taranaki festival

The Modern Māori Quartet will be hitting the stage in Taranaki with an act that has wowed audiences at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival. 

The Right Royal Cabaret Fest returns this June for four days of dazzling, hilariously quirky and electrifying performances, and the suave showband is the first act in the line-up to be announced.

The award-winning quartet will be performing their stunning and much lauded new theatrical work Two Worlds

Five years in the making, Two Worlds brings about a timely return to the quartet’s theatrical beginnings, and is a story full of heart and revelation. 

It weaves together four stories that unfold the fabric of Māori musical culture and its genealogy and evolution, and is said to be a brilliant and polished piece of theatre that has won audiences over with what it means to be Māori today. 

TAFT chief executive Suzanne Porter said the response from international audiences for the show has been hugely positive. 

Two Worlds won over audiences at Edinburgh Festival. It’s full of charisma and charm, a medley of classic tunes mixed with traditional music,” she says. 

“But it’s more than just music – with layers of cabaret, theatre and dance featured throughout the performance.”

Porter says the cabaret festival provides people with the opportunity to enjoy world-class entertainment, and this year audiences can expect to see an eclectic line-up of comedy, cabaret and music. 

That line-up has been curated by artistic director Craig Cooper, who also programmed the Taranaki Arts Festival. 

He says programming this festival had been a particularly enjoyable experience. 

“Right Royal Cabaret Fest is a teaser of some of the best local and international cabaret performers,” he says. 

Tandem Group Chartered Accountants continue to be the official festival partner for Right Royal Cabaret Fest, and director Dion Herlihy is quick to praise the efforts of the award-winning TAFT team.

“We are excited to be partners of Right Royal Cabaret Fest and proud supporters of TAFT and it’s superb festivals,” he says. 

“Taranaki is an incredibly vibrant place to live and we know that events like the Right Royal Cabaret Fest help to make the region what it is today.” 

Right Royal Cabaret Fest is part of the contemporary makeover of the former biennial Taranaki Arts Festival, which has now evolved into a series of four niche festivals; Winter Fest, Spiegeltent Fest, Right Royal Cabaret Fest and Box of Tricks Festival. 

  • The Right Royal Cabaret Fest 2020 is on at the TSB Showplace’s Theatre Royal from June 25 to 28. The full festival line-up will be announced in April.