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

Ten Days on the Island are the host Festival for this Performing Lines Tas production.

MFI World premiere season:

Sydney Fest on 13 – 17 January, 2023
Perth Festival on 1 – 4 March, 2023
Ten Days on the Island on 15 – 19 March, 2023
Rising, Melbourne on 16 – 17 June, 2023
Brisbane Festival on 1 – 23 September, 2023



**** (4 stars) Limelight Magazine


…Epic in scope, yet simple in its examination of friendship and feelings, it blends the freshness of a youthful adventure with the gravitas of spirituality and reverence for creator spirits and ancestors alike. 


An adventure story with culture, connection and country at its heart… Hide the Dog is a beautifully written and performed story for the whole family to enjoy (Seesaw Magazine)

Arts Review


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.

Image Jillian Mundy

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.