Other (chinese)

“Putting people, not performer, centre-stage, this was our show of the year.” – Metro Magazine

Real people. Real stories. From the heart.

This show is an award-winning, live documentary theatre project that explores the many different ways of being Chinese in Aotearoa. You’ll hear from a number of Otago people from a variety of backgrounds and ages, about their lives and experiences, and discover what it is to be Chinese in our community, here and now. 

Owls Do Cry

Beloved New Zealand author Janet Frame’s landmark novel is brought to life on stage by the iconic theatre company Red Leap. Filled with fierce heart and visual splendour, Red Leap’s Owls Do Cry made its world premiere in Frame’s childhood hometown of Ōamaru, followed by a sell-out season in Tāmaki Makaurau.
Red Leap have taken inspiration from Frame’s rich imagery and language to create a multi-disciplinary dreamscape, weaving music, song, poetry, dynamic movement and AV to celebrate her work. This extraordinary tale is transformed into an exciting devised performance through their signature physical and visual styles, revealing Frame’s still pertinent insights into society.

The Hall

“When in doubt, sing loud.”
From playwright Ro Bright and director Kitan Petkovski, the team behind the multi-award-winning Kiwi heartbreaker Daffodils, comes a new uplifting small-town family story performed with the help of a mass choir, with songs composed by Pat Irwin (The B-52s, SUSS).

Permission to Speak

It’s time to give a new generation permission to speak. High school students from around the country have spoken their truths on topics such as body image, gender equality in sport, and what feminism means to teenagers today. Their dialogues are supported with movement and song in this powerful local production. Our talented young Wanaka […]

Wild Dogs Under My Skirt

Vivid, passionate and compelling, Wild Dogs Under My Skirt is also alive with humour and sheer energy. The raw and lyrical performance poetry challenges your perceptions of culture, life and love. Breathing provocative new life into Avia’s exploration and celebration of what it is to be a Samoan woman, Polata’ivao introduces the nuance, power and […]

The Road That Wasn’t There

This is a story about a girl who followed a map off the edge of the world. In New Zealand there are some 56,000 kilometres of paper roads – streets and towns that exist only on surveyors’ maps. Or do they? A young woman from Central Otago strays from the beaten track and finds herself […]

My Best Dead Friend

This is a story about my best friends. Ok, no, this is actually mostly a story about me. December, 1998. Dunedin. High summer in a town where there isn’t a lot to do. This is a comedy about death, revolution, unfulfilled love, and a possum. My Best Dead Friend is a true story about heart-breaking […]


Created by Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd and Tim Watts Performed by Daniel Buckle and Nick Pages-Oliver Produced by The Last Great Hunt A lo-fi puppetry spectacular that bends time and melts your heart. Bruce effortlessly sold out two seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and is yet another award-winning international smash hit from the makers of The […]

Still Life With Chickens

Some friendships are just clucking surprising! When Mama discovers a mischievous chicken invading her flourishing veggie garden, her first instinct is to reach for the spade. But what starts out as a skirmish over the silverbeet develops into an unlikely friendship.


ROOMAN is a heart-warming, heart-breaking, visual-musical extravaganza by Fleur Elise Noble. Back in 2011, we presented sell-out performances of Fleur’s stunning first work, 2D Life of Her. Now enjoy her new work with its rich tapestry of puppetry, projection, drawing, dance and music