With characteristic savage and stylish wit, Avia holds the word-blade to our necks and presses with a relentless grace. At the end, you’ll feel your pulse anew. — Selina Tusitala Marsh, 2017-2019 NZ Poet Laureate

Following on from the triumphant production of Wild Dogs Under My Skirt at festivals around the world, including the 2018 New Zealand Festival, FCC theatre company is back, bringing to ferocious life Tusiata Avia’s The Savage Coloniser Book, for which she became the first female Pasifika poet to win the Ockham Award for poetry.

Under the artful direction of the equally formidable Anapela Polata’ivao, Avia’s unapologetic and clear-eyed examination of race and racism, the colonised and the coloniser, is full of bold humour, courage and lacerating truths.

Fierce, furious and fabulously unforgiving, The Savage Coloniser Show is theatre that is as provocative as it is necessary – and a red-hot Festival ticket you should fear missing out on.

Originally commissioned by Auckland Arts Festival.

This show touches on important but difficult historical societal themes such as colonisation, slavery, genocide, sexual abuse and racism. Contains strong language.

There is a post-show talk on Saturday 2 March, 4pm.

E whakamataoratia ana te pukapuka a Tusiata Avia tohunga tui i te kōrero, a The Savage Coloniser Book. Ko Tusiata te wahine tuatahi o Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa i whakawhiwhia ki te tohu toikupu a Ockham.

Ko Anapela Polata’ivao te kaitohutohu. Ka kitea tā Avia mātau ki ngā kaupapa nei, te tāmi, te hunga i tāmia, ā, e kī ana i te māia, i te kata, me te pono kōharihari.

Download The Savage Coloniser Show_info.pdf

Artist Credits


Tusiata Avia


Anapela Polata’ivao


Stacey Leilua

Joanna Mika-Toloa

Petmal Petelo

Ilaisaane Green

Katalaina Polata’ivao-Saute

Mario Faumui


Kasi Valu - Stage Manager

Peter Davison - LX Operator

Emily Hakaraia - Production Manager/Sound Operator

Andrew Malmo - Company Producer


Rachel Marlow & Brad Gledhill - Production Designers (Filament Eleven11)

Elizabeth Whiting - Costume Designer

Tupua Tigafua and Mario Faumui - Choreographers

David Long - Composer

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Post-show talk, Saturday 2 March, 4pm show.

There are tickets available for the Choose Your Price Kōwhiria Tō Utu session on Sunday 3 March at 4pm. Book here.

Show duration 1 hr 10 mins. No interval

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