Meisoga actors rehearse spear fights
Rehearsals are well under way for the locally written play about the legend of how Meisoga matriarch warrior Sine Kepu led her clan to find an island to save their lives and reclaim and protect their culture. Set many centuries ago, the play tells of how the Meisoga tribe eventually found a new home on Misima Island in Milne Bay.
The writer and director of the play is Port Moresby student, 16-year old Andrew Kuliniasi. Andrew is an up and coming star on the PNG drama scene. He has acted in a number of plays with the Moresby Arts Theatre and last year directed Hercules. Meisoga is Andrew’s first attempt at writing a play.
Fellow actor, Alphonse Aisi, says Meisoga is an important play for Papua New Guinea. “Today the younger people forget their culture. Plays like Meisoga help keep the culture alive,” said Alphonse.
According to Alphonse “Andrew has a tough job directing, producing and choreographing the play all at the same time. This is real challenge for Andrew. But the way he goes about it serves as a good role model for other aspiring actors and directors.”
Alphonse said the play has a lot to offer. “There’s singing, dancing, drumming and spear fights that keep the story moving.”
Alphonse will play the part of Uncle Leike, an adviser to Sine Kepu. Says Alphonse, “Uncle Leike is one of the good guys.”
Meisoga commences March 17 at the Moresby Arts Theatre.