In verbatim theatre, an actor or actors tell a story using the words of real people who have been interviewed for the play. In Barrier Ninja, Kaipara-based Julie Edwards conveys the harsh and hopeful truths of nine people in NZ’s health system – and how Māori must be ‘ninjas’ to conquer the challenges and inequity they face.

The play has been performed for hundreds of medical students, as well as in theatres – and it’s attracted some media attention. Read on to find out more about the show.

Read the article in NZ Herald‘s Canvas magazine (paywall).
Listen to Barrier Ninja deviser and academic Fran Kewene talk about the show on RNZ

Julie Edwards performing Barrier Ninja. Photo credit: Peter Jennings