The Savage Coloniser Show

Following on from the internationally triumphant production of Tusiata Avia’s Wild Dogs Under My Skirt, FCC theatre company brings to ferocious life the acclaimed writer’s The Savage Coloniser Book, for which she became the first female Pasifika poet to take out the Ockham Award for poetry.

This incredible show will be on stage in both the North and South Island of Aotearoa before it's International debut in South Korea at the Seoul Performing Arts Festival.

““…this is a production of unparalleled excellence.” - The SpinOff


With packed houses in previous seasons across Aotearoa, under the artful direction of the formidable Anapela Polata’ivao, Avia’s unapologetic examination of race and racism is full of bold humour, courage and lacerating truths. Red-sequinned dusky maidens train their sights on James Cook, Samoan school girls play an innocent game of patty-cake as they describe the atrocities on Nauru, and a Tour Guide offers instructions on how to be in a room full of white people.

Fierce, furious and fabulously unforgiving, The Savage Coloniser Show is theatre that is as provocative as it is necessary – and a red-hot ticket you should fear missing out on.

“With characteristic savage and stylish wit, Avia holds the word-blade to our necks and presses with a relentless grace. At the end, you’ll feel your pulse anew.” — Selina Tusitala Marsh, NZ Poet Laureate


Writer - Tusiata Avia (MNZM)
Director - Anapela Polata’ivao (ONZM)
FCC Producer - Victor Rodger (ONZM)
Company Producer - Andrew Malmo
Assistant Producer / Tour Manager - Kasi Valu
Stage Manager  - Chrissy Vaega
Choreographers - Tupua Tigafua and Mario Faumui
Composer - David Long
Production Designers - Bradley Gledhill and Rachel Marlow (Filament Eleven 11)
Production Manager / Sound Operator  - Emily Hakaraia
Lighting Operator - Peter Davison
Costume Design - Elizabeth Whiting

Originally commissioned by and premiered at Auckland Arts Festival 2023 this tour is supported by Creative New Zealand, produced by FCC and presented as part of the PANNZ (Performing Arts Network New Zealand) touring programme.


Recommended for ages 14+. The content of this show touches on important but difficult historical  - societal themes such as colonisation, slavery, genocide, sexual abuse and racism. Contains strong language.

Show Dates and Bookings

Aotearoa NZ Festival of the Arts

Circa Theatre

Thursday, 29th February - Saturday, 02 March

WORD Christchurch Festival, Ōtautahi

Black Box Theatre, Papa Hou

Tuesday, 10th September - 7:30pm

WORD Christchurch Festival, Ōtautahi

Black Box Theatre, Papa Hou

Wednesday, 11th September - 7:30pm

WORD Christchurch Festival, Ōtautahi

Black Box Theatre, Papa Hou

Thursday, 12th September - 7:30pm

WORD Christchurch Festival, Ōtautahi

Black Box Theatre, Papa Hou

Friday, 13th September - 7:30pm

Te Tairāwhiti Gisborne

To be announced

Thursday, 10th October - To be announced

Seoul Performing Arts Festival 2024

Arko Arts Theater

Saturday, 19th October

Seoul Performing Arts Festival 2024

Arko Arts Theater

Sunday, 20th October