Moses Susuburi has three homes â€” Malaita Island, Vanuatu and Beaconsfield Road, Mackay â€” it's a long story, so when he is caught busking without a licence, it's hard for him to explain why his visa has expired. Thrown into detention, Moses must confront not only his present reality, but also reflect on his grandfathers struggles in order to understand who he is.
Incorporating song and storytelling, this powerful play shifts backwards and forwards in time to show two different, yet unbelievably similar stories. Melek mo Hani is a compelling look into the struggles of Australian South Sea Islanders, their families, and those that came before them.
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EXTRACT: I am standing in a shop/ In my pocket is the money I have worked for./ Today I will buy a watch to wear on my wedding day. /The man behind the counter / is still polishing the gold watch/ He sees me, but he doesn't see me./ "Excuse me sir, I am interested in that watch./ Could I please have a look at it?"/ The man continues to shine the watch/ Perhaps he hopes that by rubbing the gold hard enough I/ will disappear. / Excuse me sir./ My name is Charlie Susuburi