BY NATHAN MAYNARD (palawa) AND JAMIE McCASKILL (Māori)
An International collaboration in development
When Niarra (palawa) and Te Umuroa (Māori) come across the last Tasmanian Tiger their only option is to hide it in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Keen conservationists Niarra and Te Umuroa have been best friends for years. While checking their bush cams one weekend a Tasmanian Tiger reveals himself to the duo and leads them to a cave filled with ancient palawa art. A world of magic opens up for them as they quickly escape the clutches of some determined hunters and board a hybrid pakana/Māori canoe to set sail for Aotearoa. But the journey has its challenges when they are visited by Māori Gods and palawa spirits who become obstacles for the two voyagers, opening them up to a surreal display of culture and belonging.
Forced to face their own culture’s differences and similarities, the voyagers, with Tigs the Tassie Tiger at the helm, arrive in Aotearoa where their lives are changed forever.
Stage Three – 2019 Creative Development
A two week creative development will happen in Hobart in October and one week in Wellington New Zealand in December working towards a premier season in Sydney in January 2021.
Writers Jamie McCaskill (Māori) and Nathan Maynard (palawa)
Director Isaac Drandic (Noongar)
Set Designer Jane Hakaraia (Māori)
Design Assistant Denni Proctor (palawa)
Sound Designer Maaka McGregor (Māori)
Stage Three is supported by the Major Festivals Initiative, Ten Days on the Island, Sydney Festival, Melbourne Festival, Arts Tasmania and The Australia Council for the Arts
A Tasmania Performs Production
Stage 1 Dramaturgy by Kamarra Bell-Wykes
Stage 1 supported by: Ten Days on the Island, Major Festivals Initiative, delegates of the 2017 PAC Australia conference and Illbijerri Theatre Company (Dramaturgy).
Stage 2 Direction by Jada Alberts & Dramaturgy by Kamarra Bell-Wykes
Stage 2 supported by Creative New Zealand, Regional Arts Fund, Arts Tasmania and The Australia Council for the Arts
Hide the Dog artwork by Denni Proctor