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.




8 – 15 MAR
Open late Friday night


THE HEDBERGNipaluna/Hobart



Venue Accessibility

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Wheelchair Accessibility

All public levels of this venue are accessible by use of a lift, located at the main entry (Collins Street), to the left of the stairs.
The main entry into the building features automatic sliding doors. Accessible bathrooms are available on level 1, down the hall from the elevator and also on levels 2, 3 and 4, located behind the bar in each foyer space.
Seating for people who use wheelchairs is available in all Hedberg venues are able to be booked by contacting the Theatre Royal directly.

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Level Access

Level access seating is available in all Hedberg Talk venues. Please contact The Theatre Royal Box Office for more information on level access options.


Ten Days on the Island is closely following and implementing all restrictions and recommendations advised by National and State Governments regarding public gatherings and event venues, you can find the relevant government information here.

We, as well as the venue will be managing the risk of COVID-19 at our event venues in the following ways:

  1. Public availability of hand sanitiser at Festival venues.
  2. Patrons, staff, volunteers and artists are encouraged not to attend events if they are unwell.

Creative sparks fly when gathering places come alive for whole days and nights with interesting ideas and art, abuzz with people having a great time joining in lively discussions about what we’ve just seen or experienced.

In 2023 in Nipaluna/Hobart we’re partnering with our good friends from the The Theatre Royal and the University of Tasmania to create Ten Days on the Island’s Festival Hub at The Hedberg. Together we’ll ensure that every space, every foyer and every moment is packed with cool and compelling experiences, welcoming hospitality, in parallel with mind-blowing performances throughout the Festival.

Ten Days’ Festival Hub is your go-to place to meet friends before or after a show, take in a panel discussion or keynote, meet the artists you’ve just seen onstage, grab a snack, coffee or cocktail in between shows, catch a post-show Q&A or listen to a band. You’re welcome to stay with us all day!


UTAS, The Theatre Royal and Ten Days on the Island presents

The Hedberg Talks

10 – 12 MAR

The Hedberg Talks invites Festival audiences to explore more deeply, joining artists, creative teams, thought leaders and UTAS academics for fascinating conversations and keynotes, giving insights into the themes, ideas and inspirations underpinning the Festival program. Spanning subjects from cross-dressing farmers in Qwerin to fomenting feminine dissent in Women of Troy, The Hedberg Talks participants include writer Behrouz Boochani, choreographers Osian Meilir and Kyle Page, Emmy Award winning artist Lynette Wallworth, Festival director Dr Lindy Hume AM, and many more.

For more information on The Hedberg Talks see here.

Women of Troy

Ten Days on the Island presents

Women of Troy

Presented by Archipelago Productions and Ten days on the Island in association with Theatre royal

8 – 12 MAR

Euripides, adapted by Barrie Kosky and Tom Wright

Troy is in ruin. The men slaughtered. The women, prisoners, recoil behind wire, fearing their fate, longing for death. Memories and prophecies haunt their Queen, Hecuba: hallucinogenic visions of her mad, blind daughter Cassandra; her grieving daughter-in-law Andromache, and the one mighty woman behind the whole bloody catastrophe, Helen.

Archipelago’s fierce new production of Women Of Troy, adapted by Tom Wright and Barrie Kosky, with a stellar cast that includes Sarah Peirse, Jane Johnson, Marta Dusseldorp, Angela Mahlatjie and Guy Hooper, directed by Ben Winspear and features a new score by Katie Noonan, libretto by Behrouz Boochani, and community chorus of women and children.

For more information on Women of Troy see here.


Ten Days on the Island presents


by Dancenorth Australia

10 – 11 MAR

Tens of thousands of years ago, a genetic mutation gave rise to the physical manifestation of red hair in humans. Now, like many, they are endangered.

Air is slowly emptying from a large transparent inflatable structure, ultimately sealing its inhabitants in preserved isolation.

Dancenorth uses the plight of its dancers as an allegory for a contracting world. A world where biodiversity is progressively being suffocated and silenced.

Epic and intimate, RED illuminates the universal challenge of our survival. Time is running out.

For more information on RED see here.


How To Live (After You Die)

Ten Days on the Island presents

HOW TO LIVE (After Your Die)

by Lynette Wallworth

12 MAR

A visionary storyteller shifts her work from film to stage to share a morality tale for our times. Lynette Wallworth brings her renowned storytelling skills to the stage in a surprising new work that sheds light on the seduction of cultish extremism.

She never planned to tell this story, because in it she is the central character. But as implausible conspiracies like QAnon gripped millions around the world and the Evangelical Advisory Board, advised Donald Trump throughout his presidency, Wallworth saw a chapter from her past come rushing into the present.

Using her artworks as touchstones, Wallworth navigates a young woman’s slippage into a shared belief system that divides and polarises. HOW TO LIVE (After You Die) upholds the voice of an artist in her prime, while pointing to the plethora of extremist influences that can manipulate and mould us, unless we find our way back to the creation of our own story.

For more information on HOW TO LIVE (After You Die) see here.

Hide The Dog

A Performing Lines TAS Production

Hide The Dog

15 MAR – Nipaluna/Hobart
18 – 19 MAR – Pataway/Burnie

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 (pakana) 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.

For more information on Hide The Dog see here.

Image Credit: futago