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