When two children find the last Tasmanian Tiger, they decide to hide it in Aotearoa.

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

Dodging 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. They’ll have to outwit Māori gods and palawa spirits to save their furry friend.   

Co-written by Tasmanian playwright Nathan Maynard (palawa) 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.   

Intrepid young explorers will delight in this celebration of adventure, friendship and the power of culture – wherever you find it.  


Nathan Maynard (palawa) & Jamie McCaskill (Māori)

Isaac Drandic (Noongar)

Assistant Director and pakana Cultural Advisor
Nathan Maynard (pakana) 

Glory Tuohoy-Daneill (Indjalandji-Dhidhanu and Alyewarre)
Reuben Butler (Kaitamariki/Tāwhirmātea)
Tyler Wilson Kokiri (Māori)
Najwa Adams Ebel (Birri-Gubba)
Lisa Maza ((Mer/Yidinji/Dutch)

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 and Design pakana Guide
Denni Proctor (pakana)

Boat Technical Design
Greg Methe

Additional Cultural Advisor
Maakarita Paku

Production Manager
Simon Rush

Stage Manager
Adam (Gus) Powers

Technical Operator
Marty Shlansky

Tour Manager/ASM
Sinsa Mansell

Construction Team
Sabio Evans, Jen Goodluck, Petra Lagewaard, Greg Methe, Denni Proctor, Jake Sanger, Édith la Sauvage

Produced by
Performing Lines TAS

Information for Presenters

Funded by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, Hide The Dog premiered in 2023 across five major state festivals, including Sydney Festival (NSW), Perth Festival (WA), Ten Days On The Island (Tas), Rising (Vic) and Brisbane Festival (Qld). Upcoming seasons for 2024 coming soon.

Marion Potts Executive Producer
Sinsa Mansell Senior Producer
P <

Presentation History

Sydney Opera House | Sydney Festival
Sydney, NSW
Perth Festival | Dolphin Theatre, UWA
Perth, WA
Ten Days On The Island
Rising | Arts Centre Melbourne
Melbourne, VIC
Brisbane Festival | Cremorne Theatre, QPAC

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

The world premiere of Hide the Dog is supported 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 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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