Steaming pig and McDonald’s value meals. Palagi (white) boys and ruthless, authoritarian aunties. Jesus and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Hardcore Fa’a Samoa versus new New Zealand ways.
Breathing provocative new life into the play’s examination and celebration of what it is to be a Samoan woman, Anapela Polata’ivao’s commanding direction introduces nuance, power and dramatic sophistication into Tusiata Avia’s deeply personal view of Pacific Island life and its sometimes uneasy collisions with New Zealand.
In the wake of this unending colonial earthquake, six Samoan characters make their lives between two cultures: playing, gossiping, enduring, enforcing the patriarchal status quo and carving out powerful new identities.
Vivid, passionate, and compelling, Wild Dogs Under My Skirt is also flush with humour and pure entertainment.
Co-produced by Silo Theatre, Auckland Arts Festival and F.C.C in association Performing Arts Network NZ and Soho Playhouse Theatre, supported by Creative New Zealand.
Directed by Anapela Polata'ivao
Produced by Victor Rodger and F.C.C.
"This is a full-body plunge in winter seas. It’s breathtaking, skin tingling and teeth rattling. I feel alive. It’s as real to me as a salt-crested wave smashing me full in the face until I am nothing but that moment, because there are no words, no thoughts, just feeling. Exhilaration, pain, vulnerability, joy, cheeky confidence and acknowledgement. But what I don’t feel is lonely."
Thurs 8 April, 8.00pm
SIT Centre Stage, Invercargill
75 minutes, no interval
Early Bird $38
Under 19 $25
Group of 6+ $38pp
plus services fees