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Wild Dogs Under My Skirt

From 25 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Confusing, Intense

About the show

A theatricalization of the poetry of Samoan New Zealander Tusiata Avia, this piece offers an examination and celebration of what it is to be a Samoan woman. More…

From the show:

Samoan New Zealander Tusiata Avia’s poetry becomes a fearless and enchanting piece of theatre under the direction of Anapela Polata'ivao and a cast of six powerful Pasefika actresses.

Breathing provocative new life into Avia’s examination and celebration of what it is to be a Samoan woman, Polata'ivao’s direction adds “extra levels of nuance, power and dramatic sophistication” which earned her Best Director in the 2016 Auckland Theatre Awards.

Through her vivid, compelling and at times hilarious characters, Avia paints a deeply personal view of Pacific Island life and its sometimes uneasy collisions with the Kiwi way. Heart-stopping and unmissable theatre.

Member Reviews (25)


Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Confusing, Intense

Slow, Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if if you'd like a look into Samoan culture, especially from a female point of view. You like dance and don't need a traditional play.

Don't see it if the play was more vulgar than expected. If you're easily offended by sexual innuendo, don't go. I was lost for large chunks of time.

Quirky, Confusing, Funny

See it if you like a non-linear musical about foreign culture.

Don't see it if you need to understand everything. I was lost.

Also Nice singing, but I can't say I knew what was going on.

January 8th, 2020
"A powerful and engrossing study of the lives of Samoan women and their uneasy cultural collision with New Zealand. Unfortunately, at the performance under review no program was given out to explain that the Pacific Island actresses each played discrete characters."
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January 8th, 2020
"A rhythmic, exuberant and startling work of theater that resembles Ntozake Shange's choreopoem …a fierce, lively cast… there is enough that's both clear and compelling to transcend the barriers of language and culture - or, more precisely, to connect with our own."
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