Cancer can't stop Shakespeare-loving teen taking the stage

  • 23/04/2017

It's a story that could've been written by Shakespeare himself - a young man with a bright future, stuck down by cancer. He fights off the disease and starts life anew, only to be struck down once more.

This is the true life story of Gabriel Wharehinga, 19-year-old aspiring actor from Taupō.

The Hui met him last month when he spoke out about how he felt he'd been let down by the health system who misdiagnosed him and treated him with antibiotics for six months.

The latest prognosis isn't good, but he is determined to live life to the fullest.

Gabriel Wharehinga with cast and crew (The Hui)
Gabriel Wharehinga with cast and crew (The Hui)

Before his cancer diagnosis, Gabriel had planned to study performing arts and had starred in Othello when he was head boy at Taupō-nui- a-Tia College.

When The Hui discovered his bucket list wish is to see Othello at the Pop-up Globe, we decided to make it happen. Despite feeling the effects of his illness, he came to Auckland with his mother Eunice Wharehinga to bask in the magic of the theatre.

The Pop-Up crew gave Gabriel a special tour of the Globe, a replica of Shakespeare's theatre in London's South Bank.

When the curtain fell, the cast invited Gabriel on stage to perform his favourite scene.

No one knows how long Gabriel has left, but like Shakespeare himself once said: "Let every man be the master of his time."

The Hui