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Wild Dogs Under My Skirt (Aotearoa New Zealand)

Thursday 18th-Friday 19th October 2018

Samoan New Zealander Tusiata Avia’s poetry becomes a fearless and enchanting piece of theatre under the direction of Anapela Polata'ivao 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, Polata'ivao’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.

“One of the best pieces of theatre I’ve seen in many years.” ALBERT WENDT

“Make time to catch the fantastic Wild Dogs Under My Skirt.” DOMINION POST

“I highly recommend this. An amazing night.” LYNN FREEMAN, RNZ NATIONAL

BEST DIRECTOR AWARD - Anapela Polata'ivao,
2016 Auckland Theatre Awards

Proudly presented by the Nelson Arts Festival.


October 18–19, 2018


Thu 18 & Fri 19 Oct, 8pm; Dur. 75 mins, no interval


Nelson & suburbs


Theatre Royal
78 Rutherford St, Nelson

Tickets, Bookings and Entry

Full $48, Under 19 $25, Senior $43, Group of 6+ $43pp Plus TicketDirect Service Fee

Tickets from Tickets from TicketDirect outlets, Theatre Royal, Nelson iSITE, Richmond Mall ph. 03 548 3840, ext 2; 0800 224 224.


Ph. 03 545 8734

Additional Info

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