You fly so freaking high,
That you refuse to say,
While you touch the sky!
(Ha ha ha!) OK, thought I should write more, even though "White Cloud" has been reviewed on here in the past.
It is a co-creation of Tim, playwright, Ken Duncum and filmmaker, Sue Healy, who edited original footage, mostly taken by Richard Finn. Some of this footage, I had seen at the Te Awamutu Museum. I loved what Sue had done, making the graininess of some of that old footage look like an artistic effect. The show begins with the question, “Who are we –and why does it matter?”
The songs and narrative poetry revolved mostly around Tim’s heritage, particularly his mother, with references to Ken’s family as well. The y describe alienation, “If you don’t know who you are, chances are you’re Pakea!” I loved the question, as to whether Pakea was just a rephrase of “bugger off”, having wondered the same thing myself. They evoke the spirit that is New Zealand and of course, love, “My clarity begins at home.” Many of the songs were reminiscent of The Conversation, acoustic (Tim gravitated between piano, guitar, a uke for 1 song, even picking up a large wind instrument, the name of which eludes me, for a few bars), melodic, intimate, filled with plenty of that angelically soaring head voice, which has so become my perfect drug.
I knew this show would be special, I think that’s why I cried so much, when I thought my chance was lost. These songs need to be recorded and released, as a soundtrack, with or without the narrative, or possibly as a DVD of the whole stage production. I have a feeling that the show might find it’s way to Wellington. Wellington scores a mention in a couple songs and it’s already been to Waikato, Auckland and now Northland…