Fierce, furious and fabulously unforgiving. Commissioned by the 2023 Auckland Arts Festival.
Now FCC is proud to present the The Savage Coloniser Show, a blistering examination of race and racism inspired by Avia's The Savage Coloniser Book - the first book by a female Pasifika poet to take out the top prize at the Ockham Book Awards in 2021.
Under the artful direction of the equally formidable Anapela Polata’ivao, Avia’s unapologetic examination of race and racism is full of bold humour, courage and lacerating truths.
Featuring Avia's trademark brand of clear eyed, razor sharp poetry along with mischievous music and compelling choreography, The Savage Coloniser Show interrogates the legacy of James Cook, and questions Australia's policy of putting refugees on small Pacific islands. But in amongst all the anger and fire of Avia's words, there is also room for compassion as she movingly examines a mother's love for her child. The Savage Coloniser Show is not for the faint of heart, but it is also not to be missed...
Written by Tutsiata Avia
Directed by Anapela Polat’ivao
Produced by Victor Rodger
Contains strong language
Suitable for ages 14+
Photograph by Alt Group, Toaki Okano