Youth Ambassador Review: I, George Nepia

Our youth ambassador Liv went along to I, George Nepia last night. Here's her thoughts on the show...

Heading into the show I, George Nepia, I had pretty high expectations due to the raving reviews I had heard about it previously and so I sat down and waited in anticipation for the show to begin.

I, George Nepia written by Hone Kouka and directed by Jason Te Kare, is a show that captures the spirit, charm and talent of former rugby legend George Nepia. It is a heart-warming show that reveals the story behind the rugby icon, and reveals the other sides to him also, such as a father and husband.

Actor Jarod Rawri delivers a stunning performance in this one-man show. There are not many shows that allow a person to go in and completely forget about their own life, and be completely drawn in and lost within the show. This was one, however that I found myself literally on the edge of my seat for the whole hour and fifteen minutes.

The flow of the piece was outstanding, as Jarod Rawiri took the audience on a captivating journey through the highs and lows of the life of one of New Zealand's most treasured sporting legends George Nepia. Jarod Rawri's performance was phenomenal, he showed such skill as he transformed into various different characters with such ease and each role was portrayed so convincingly. It shows Jarod Rawri as a true A-class performer. The standing ovation at the end of the show was entirely deserved; it showed the audiences' appreciation of a great piece of theatre and a fantastic actor.

This was a memorable piece of theatre that left me wanting to see more, I highly recommend it whether you are sporting or theatre fans, it is a moving piece that will tug on your heartstrings, make you laugh and fill you with a sense of New Zealand pride.