Every part of Australia is,
always was and always will be,
Aboriginal land.

As a community gathering-place, a festival of arts, cultural exchange and celebration and as a site for the sharing of ideas and stories, Ten Days on the Island pays respect to the Palawa/Tasmanian Aborigines – The original owners and cultural custodians - of all the lands and waters across Lutruwita/Tasmania upon which our Festival takes place.

With thanks to the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre for place names and other words in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines.

Hide The Dog

Hide The Dog


By Nathan Maynard (trawlwoolway, pakana) & Jamie McCaskill (Ngāti Tamaterā, Te Ati Haunui a Pāpārangi, Ngā Puhi)


Besties Niarra and Te Umuroa are playing in the bush; just another ordinary day… Until they chance upon the world’s last Tasmanian Tiger!

Eager to save their furry friend, Tigs, from wicked hunters, the trio cast off for Aotearoa. But hiding a Tiger is never plain sailing when powerful and playful Māori gods and palawa spirits are involved!

Hide the Dog is the first trans-Tasman, First Nations work for children. Adorable and fun, it shares deep cultural knowledge and reveals profound connections across the two cultures.

Co-written by Tasmanian playwright Nathan Maynard (palawa) and Aotearoa writer Jamie McCaskill (Māori), Hide the Dog is a world premiere production from Performing Lines TAS, with direction by Isaac Drandic (Noongar) and a spectacular set from Māori designer Jane Hakaraia.

Intrepid explorers of all ages will delight in this heart-warming, family-friendly celebration of true friendship, big adventure and the power of First Nations’ cultures.

Hide the Dog is suitable for children and young people ages 5-15yrs
Focus Years K – Year 8


Theatre Royal Mainstage, nipaluna/Hobart  
Wed 15 March, 11am
60 minutes, no interval (subject to change)


Image Jillian Mundy


Student $16

One teacher attends free with up to 10 students and one teacher free per 10 students after that.

Additional teachers charged at $16 per person.

Please contact our Ticketing Manager at bookings@tendays.org.au to discuss tailored package options for your school.

School Curriculum Information

TEN DAYS ON THE ISLAND is committed to exploring how we can support early childhood development and younger audience engagement with performance in inventive and fresh ways. How we learn, understand and deal with difference, our varying abilities, and be open to discovering new ways of seeing ourselves and each other.

Hide the Dog is suitable for children and young people ages 5-15yrs

Curriculum links: Focus Years K – Year 8

Learning areas: Health and Physical education, The Arts, Technologies

General capabilities: Critical and Creative thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding, Intercultural Understanding

Cross-curriculum priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

Further learning activities and an education resources for Hide the Dog can be found here

Event Warnings

Contains moments of darkness, smoke, haze and loud sound.

The show is suitable for children and young people ages 5-15yrs

Venue Information

Theatre Royal Main Stage, nipaluna/Hobart

Wed 15 March, 11am
29 Campbell St, nipaluna/Hobart

More information on Theatre Royal can be found here

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Ten Days on the Island is committed to making our schools program accessible for all individual students, teachers and schools that wish to be involved. We encourage you to reach out to our Access Manager using the Expression of Interest form below with any specific requirements that would make any experience with the festival the most accessible for your body of students and staff.

We are prepared to work with school representatives to craft an accessible experience fit for those wishing to attend this event. Optional services include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Auslan interpretation
  2. Assistive listening
  3. Open captioning
  4. Tactile touring
  5. Audio description
  6. Lighting and sound considerations
  7. Relaxed performance
  8. Low-sensory/chill-out zone
  9. Pre-show guided tour
  10. Digital show viewing
  11. Facility animal support
  12. Support animal amenities
  13. Accessible viewing areas
  14. Unisex bathrooms
  15. Adult changing facilities

A teaching pack will be released after expressions of interest are collected including the following:

  1. Visual story (including pictures and descriptions of how to navigate the venue including any access features present and pictures and descriptions of any significant aspects of the show)
  2. Trigger warnings
  3. Visual ratings
  4. Educational resource pack (if available)

Please note that all schools will be notified of access offerings for each session once these offerings are confirmed.


Co-Writers Nathan Maynard (pakana) & Jamie McCaskill (Ngāti Tamaterā, Te Ati Haunui a Pāpārangi, Ngā Puhi)

Director Isaac Drandic (Noongar)

Assistant Director and pakana Cultural Advisor Nathan Maynard (pakana)

Cast: Tibian Wyles (Girramay, Kalkadoon), Reuben Butler (Kaitamariki/Tāwhirmātea), Najwa Adams Ebel (Birri-Gubba), Elaine Crombie: Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara and 2 cast TBC.

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

moinee song lyric contributor

Kaninna Langford (Aboriginal), Jordy Gregg (Murrie)

pakana Cultural Advisor
Nathan Maynard (pakana)

Additional Māori Advice
Maaka McGregor (Māori)

Pakana Visual Advisor   
Denni Proctor (pakana)

Additional Cultural Advice
Maakarita Paku

Education Kit

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


Producer Annette Downs

Production Manager Simon Rush

Stage Manager TBC

Technical Operator TBC

Construction Team

Sabio Evans, Jen Goodluck, Petra Lagewaard, Greg Methe, Denni Proctor,Jake

Sanger, Édith la Sauvage


Register your interest

    Ten Days on the Island will be in touch. If you have any questions please email bookings@tendays.org.au

    This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory board, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Brisbane Festival, RISING Melbourne, Ten Days on the Island, Perth Festival and Sydney Festival.

    Hide the Dog is a Performing Lines TAS production.