Hide the Dog

Presented in association with Performing Lines TAS and Perth Festival

Written by Nathan Maynard & Jamie McCaskill
Directed by Isaac Drandic

Date: 1 – 4 Mar 2023 | Venue: Dolphin Theatre, UWA

Where: Dolphin Theatre, UWA | 35 Stirling Hwy, Nedlands WA 6009
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When: 1 – 4 March 2023

Time: Wed – Fri 6.30pm | Sat 2 & 6.30pm

AUSLAN interpreted performance: Sat 4 Mar 2pm
Audio described performance:
Sat 4 Mar 6.30pm
Tactile tour available before the evening show on Sat 4 Mar (starts at 5.30pm)

Pricing: $16 – $39

Adult: $39
Concession: $37
Friend: $35
Student Special: $16

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Duration: 70 minutes

Note: Recommended for ages 5+

While 5-7 years old will absolutely enjoy the show, children aged 8-12 years will understand the full narrative detail. Young people aged 12+ will be able to understand and be delighted by the deeper cultural references in the show.

The performance contains moments of darkness, smoke, haze and loud sound. 


Artistic Credits

Co-Writers: Nathan Maynard (trawlwoolway pakana) & Jamie McCaskill (Ngāti Tamaterā, Te AtiHaunui a Pāpārangi, Ngā Puhi)

Director: Isaac Drandic (Noongar)

Assistant Director & pakana Cultural Advisor: Nathan Maynard (trawlwoolway pakana)

Cast: Elaine Crombie (Pitjantjatjara & Yankunytjatjara), Tibian Wyles (Girramay, Kalkadoon), Tyler Wilson Kokiri (Māori), Najwa Adams Ebel (Birri-Gubba) & 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

Associate Designer & Design pakana Guide: Denni Proctor (pakana)

Voice & Movement Coach: Reuben Butler

Boat Technical Design: Greg Methe

Additional Māori Cultural Advisor: Maakarita Paku

muyini song lyric contributor: Kaninna Langford (Aboriginal) and Jordy Gregg (Murrie)

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

Production Credits

Producer: Annette Downs

Production Manager: Simon Rush

Stage Manager: Adam (Gus) Powers

Assistant Stage Manager & Tour Manager: Sinsa Mansell (pakana)

Technical Operator: Marty Shlansky

Construction Team: Sabio Evans, Jen Goodluck, Petra Lagewaard, Greg Methe, Denni Proctor, Jake Sanger, Edith la Sauvage, Harriet Ayers assisted by Stephanie Rebeld



Besties Niarra and Te Umuroa are out playing in the bush. It’s just another day in paradise – until they glimpse what can only be the world’s last Tasmanian tiger.

Dodging determined hunters Niarra and Te Umuroa set sail for Aotearoa to hide their new friend. But hunters aren’t the only ones on this tiger’s tail. The pair will have to outwit Māori gods and palawa spirits to save their furry friend. Intrepid young explorers will delight in this celebration of adventure, friendship and the power of culture – wherever you find it.

Co-written by Tasmanian playwright Nathan Maynard (trawlwoolway pakana) and Aotearoa writer Jamie McCaskill (Māori), Hide the Dog is a truly trans-Tasman creation. This world premiere production from Performing Lines TAS is directed by Isaac Drandic (Noongar) on a spectacular set by Māori designer Jane Hakaraia.

Thank You


Header image: Jillian Mundy (pakana)
Image gallery and synopsis image: Pat Stevenson

Supported by




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, Brisbane Festival, RISING, Sydney Festival and Perth Festival.


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 Tikapa Productions, and anonymous PAC conference 2017 delegates.

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