Wild Dogs Under My Skirt

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Samoan New Zealander Tusiata Avia’s poetry becomes a fearless and enchanting piece of theatre under the direction of Anapela Polataivao and a cast of six powerful Pasefika actresses. 

Breathing provocative new life into Avia’s examination and celebration of what it is to be a Samoan woman, Polataivao’s direction adds “extra levels of nuance, power and dramatic sophistication” which earned her Best Director in the 2016 Auckland Theatre Awards.

Through her vivid, compelling and at times hilarious characters, Avia paints a deeply personal view of Pacific Island life and its sometimes uneasy collisions with the Kiwi way. Heart-stopping and unmissable theatre.

Co-produced by the New Zealand Festival and FCC

Performances are:

  • Wednesday 7 March, 7.00pm
  • Thursday 8 March, 7.00pm
  • Friday 9 March, 7.00pm
  • Saturday 10 March, 1.30pm - followed by a post-show artist talk. This performance will be NZ Sign Language interpreted.
  • Saturday 10 March, 7.00pm
  • Sunday 11 March, 7.00pm

Prices*: Adult A Reserve $49.00 - Early bird $45.00; Adult B Reserve $39.00. *Service fees apply, see below 

Performance length: approx. 1 hour and 15 mins (with no interval). Latecomers will be seated when appropriate. Tickets are for allocated seating.

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Tickets for NZSL interpreted performances (10 March), and wheelchair and companion seats should be booked through the New Zealand Festival on (04) 912 0411 or ticketing@festival.co.nz.

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