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 – original owners and cultural custodians - of all the lands and waters across lutruwita (Tasmania) upon which our Festival takes place.

World Premiere Season

Hide the Dog

Co written by Nathan Maynard (trawlwoolway/pakana) & Jamie McCaskill (Ngāti Tamaterā, Te Ati Haunui a Pāpārangi, Ngā Puhi)

60 mins

Playing in the bush, besties Niarra and Te Umuroa accidentally stumble upon the world’s last Tasmanian Tiger. How will they keep their new friend safe from harm?

Dodging hunters, these young heroes set sail across the Tasman Sea to hide the dog! But hunters aren’t the only ones on their tail. They’ll have to outwit Māori gods and palawa spirits to save their furry friend.

Hide the Dog is a trans-Tasman creation from lutruwita/Tasmanian playwright Nathan Maynard (pakana) and Aotearoa/New Zealand writer Jamie McCaskill (Māori). Director Isaac Drandic (Noongar) and designer Jane Hakaraia (Māori) transform Hobart’s Theatre Royal into a magical world with elaborate costumes, projections and spectacular effects.

Intrepid young explorers will delight in this celebration of adventure, friendship and the power of culture.

Hide the Dog is a Tasmania Performs Production

Please note: As Tasmanian COVID-19 guidelines continue to develop, we are currently taking General Admission bookings for events in reserved seating venues. Your booking is confirmed and your seat number will be allocated in January. You will receive an updated confirmation email and e-Ticket in advance of the event.


Melodie Reynolds-Diarra (Wangkathaa)
Reuben Hohepa Butler (Māori)
Tibian Wyles (Girramay and Kalkadoon)
Zak Thomas Martin (Māori) and
Najwa Adams-Ebel (Biri-Guba)


Other supporters include Arts Tasmania, Tim Minchin, Terrapin, Theatre Royal and Alive Technologies.

Creative Development Supporters include Taki Rua, Creative NZ, ILLBIJERRI Theatre Company, Capital E, Bryony Anderson, Rachel Lang, anonymous PAC conference delegates, Terrapin, Arts Centre Melbourne and QPAC.

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)
Set Designer Jane Hakaraia (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga)
Sound Designer and Māori Cultural Advisor Maaka McGregor (Māori)
AV Designer Keith Deverell
Costume Designer Sabio Evans
Assistant Director and Cultural Advisor Nathan Maynard (pakana)
Associate Designer and Design pakana Guide Denni Proctor (pakana)
Additional Cultural Advisor Maakarita Paku
Producer Annette Downs

Event Warnings

This event is suitable for children over the age of 5 years old. The show includes smoke, haze effects, strobe lighting and loud noises.

Covid Info

All upcoming performances at Theatre Royal are held in accordance with the directions of Public Health Services Tasmania. 

QR code information  

Theatre Royal will be using QR codes and manual sign-in sheets to contact trace at this event. To sign in using a QR code, open the camera app on your phone and hold it up to the code. Do not take a picture; simply allow your camera time to read the code and a link will appear on your phone screen. Tap the link, fill in your details and tap ‘submit.’ You are then signed into Theatre Royal’s contact tracing register. 

 Feeling unwell? 

If you or a guest feel unwell or display any COVID19 symptoms prior to a performance, you must not come to the theatre 

Please stay home and follow this link: https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/facts/about-coronaviruses-and-covid19 

In this instance, please contact the Ten Days on the Island Box Office on 03 6406 0260 or via email on boxoffice@tendays.org.au. 

For more information on Ten Days on the Island’s COVID-19 policy see here

Patrons who do not comply with these conditions will either not be admitted into the venue or will be asked to leave. These measures are to ensure the safety of all. 

Image: Jillian Munday


Reserved Seating

Full Price: $35.00
Concession: $30.00
Child (16 and Under): $25.00
Group (6+): $31.50
Multipack: $31.50

Dates & Times

Theatre Royal - Main Stage Fri 19 March 2021 6:00 pm
Theatre Royal - Main Stage Sat 20 March 2021 1:00 pm
Theatre Royal - Main Stage Sat 20 March 2021 6:00 pm
Theatre Royal - Main Stage Sun 21 March 2021 1:00 pm

Venue Details

Theatre Royal - Main Stage

29 Campbell St, nipaluna/Hobart

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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., Brisbane Festival, RISING Melbourne, Ten Days on the Island and Sydney Festival.