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Hide the Dog

Nathan Maynard & Jamie McCaskill

Hide the Dog empowers First Nations children no matter where they come from to understand that even if their connection to culture has been broken or lost over time, they can always reconnect to culture and community from within.

Niarra and Te Umuroa have been best friends for years and are coming into their adolescence. When a Tasmanian Tiger mysteriously presents itself one evening, a world of ancient spirits and gods open, guiding them on a journey of self-discovery and forcing the pair to understand each other’s differences and similarities as they set sail to New Zealand, to hide the dog.


Nathan Maynard has 17 years’ experience as a dancer in schools and communities. His first play The Season received MFI funding to premier at the Sydney Festival, Ten Days on the Island and Melbourne Festival and won the Green Room award for New Writing. He recently wrote and performed in A Not So Traditional Story produced by Terrapin Puppet Theatre.

Jamie McCaskill graduated from UCOL Theatre school in 2000 and is an award winning playwright, actor, director and Artistic Director of the independent Wellington based company, Tikapa Productions. Jamie is also the founding member or the popular Maori Showband, The Maori Sidesteps.

Tasmania Performs was established in 2006 and over 14 years has supported numerous independent artists and companies in Tasmanian to develop, produce and tour their work. Recently Tasmania Performs produced MFI premier of The Season by Nathan Maynard and its following national tour.