The empowering ensemble production of Tusiata Avia’s fearless poetry collection returns with an all-female cast of six formidable Pasifika actors – now more enchanting and alive than ever.
Alive with the energy and rhythm of raw and lyrical performance poetry and oral traditions, Wild Dogs Under My Skirt will challenge your perceptions of culture, life, and love.
Transforming Tusiata Avia’s poetry and her experience with the sometimes painful intersection of New Zealand and Samoan cultures in her life, this acclaimed play – performed around the world as a one-woman show – is re-energised under the direction of Anapela Polata'ivao and an all-female cast of six formidable Pasifika actresses.
Breathing provocative new life into the play’s examination and celebration of what it is to be a Samoan woman, Polata’ivao’s commanding direction, which earned her Best Director in the 2016 Auckland Theatre Awards, introduces nuance, power and dramatic sophistication into Avia’s deeply personal view of Pacific Island life and its sometimes uneasy collisions with Aotearoa.
Vivid, passionate, and compelling, Wild Dogs Under My Skirt is also flush with humour and pure entertainment.
"A contradiction, a surprise, a slap in the face and twinkle of the eye." Theatreview
Recommended for ages 13+
Strong language and references to violence
Writer Tusiata Avia
Director Anapela Polata'ivao
Poster artwork: Hayley Theyer
Production images: Matt Grace
Beautiful, bold… sly and cheeky— Dominion Post