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In partnership with Arts Centre Melbourne

Hide The Dog

Nathan Maynard (pakana) and Jamie McCaskill (Māori)

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FRI 16 — SAT 17 JUNE

  • 64 minutes
  • Suitable for families
  • Education performances available via Arts Centre Melbourne

Arts Centre Melbourne


  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Audio Described Tours
  • Assistive Listening
  • Assisted Access
  • Auslan Translation
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A swashbuckling First Nations comedy for all ages that sails the high seas to hide a Thylacine and strengthen the bonds between trans-Tasman spirit stories.
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After stumbling upon a lovable thylacine called Tigs, two best friends Niarra and Te Umuroa wrangle a vessel and set sail to Aotearoa to save their new friend from hunters. They face god-sized singing, dancing and wisecracking dangers along the way.

Written by Tasmanian playwright Nathan Maynard (Trawlwoolway pakana) and Aotearoa writer Jamie McCaskill (Māori), Hide the Dog is a richly realised tale. Bursting with nimble puppetry and colourful costumes, the performance takes us on the friends’ adventure via stunning scenic projections. West Australian director Isaac Drandic (Noongar) steers the ship in a true trans-Tasman First Nations collaboration—the first of its kind. It celebrates the power of friendship, the profound connections between cultures, and it shares a boatload of all-ages fun on the journey.

Artistic Team

Co-Writer | Nathan Manynard (Trawlwoolway / pakana)

Co-Writer | Jamie McCaskill (Ngāti Tamaterā/ Te Ati Haunui a Pāpārangi/ Ngā Puhi)

Director | Isaac Drandic (Noongar)

Assistant Director and pakana Cultural Advisor | Nathan Manynard (Trawlwoolway / pakana)

Cast | Tyler Wilson Kokiri (Māori), Najwa Adams Ebel (Birri-Gubba) and Poroaki Merritt-McDonald (Māori)

Set Designer | Jane Hakaraia (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga)

Sound Designer | Maaka McGregor (Māori)

Lighting Designer | Ben Hughes

AV Designer | Keith Deverell

Costume Designer | Sabio Evans

Sound and Vocals | Katanya Maynard

Associate Designer and pakana Guide | Deni Proctor (pakana)

Boat Techincal Design | Greg Methe

Additional Cultural Advisor | Maakarita Paku

Muyini Song Lyric Contributor | Kaninna Langford (First Nations) and Jordy Gregg (Murrie)

pakana Cultural Advisor | Nathan Manynard (Trawlwoolway / pakana)

Additional Māori Advice | Maaka McGregor (Māori)

pakana Visual Advisor | Deni Proctor (pakana)

Additional Cultural Advice | Maakarita Paku

Education Kit | Dr Meg Upton with Theresa Sainty (pakana) and Kimo Winiata (Māori)

Producer | Performing Lines (TAS)

Special thanks to Julie Waddington, Rob Gebert, Dewayne Everett-Smith, the staff of Performing Lines and to Marianne Taylor who, in 2016, had the wisdom to suggest that Nathan and Jamie should meet.

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  • This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., commissioned by Ten Days on the Island, Perth Festival, Sydney Festival, Brisbane Festival and RISING.
  • This project has also been supported by Arts Tasmania, Tim Minchin, Terrapin, Theatre Royal Hobart, Taki Rua, Creative NZ, Illibijerri Theatre Company, Capital E Children's Theatre NZ, Bryony Anderson, Museum of New Zealand te Papa Tongarewa, Arts Centre Melbourne, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Sydney Theatre Company, Tikapa Productions, and anonymous PAC conference 2017 delegates.
  • Art Centre Melbourne
  • Major Festivals Initiative
  • Besen Foundation

Image Credits

Hide The Dog by Nathan Maynard, 2023. Sydney Festival. Photo: Pat Stevenson.

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