Wild Dogs Under My Skirt

Past tour: Wild Dogs Under My Skirt was presented in Dunedin by Dunedin Arts Festival, Oamaru by Oamaru Opera House, and Invercargill by Dunedin Arts Festival with Tour-Makers in April 2021. 



Written by Tusiata Avia
Directed by Anapela Polata'ivao
Produced by Victor Rodger and F.C.C

Images credit : Matt Grace and Adam Kissick

Wild Dogs Under My Skirt audio drama on RNZ

PANNZ in partnership with RNZ and F.C.C premiered the audio recording of Wild Dogs Under My Skirt, by Tusiata Avia, on Sunday 7 March. As a response to cancelled tours in 2020, the audio drama, which is the first in a series of three to be broadcast in 2021, offers audiences across Aotearoa more access to high-quality New Zealand theatre, while supporting artists in the creation of new avenues for their work at an uncertain time, supported by Creative New Zealand.

The audio recording is available online and on demand to listen to for two weeks, until Sunday 28 March, 2021 at the link below.


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.

“…moved me to tears of laughter and tears of sadness and even tears of fury…” - Radio New Zealand

Tour Media/Reviews

Tuesday 23 March - Otago Daily Times / Dunedin Arts Festival: Wild Dogs Under My Skirt 

Tuesday 6 April - Otago Daily Times / Welcome return to Dunedin for award-winning show

Monday 12 April - Otago Daily Times (Dunedin) review