Lively play examines Samoan culture and love

Wild Dogs Under My Skirt. Photo: Adam Kissick

THE live performance of Wild Dogs Under My Skirt celebrates and examines what it means to be a Samoan woman.

Based on Tusiata Avia’s provocative and unapologetic poetry and directed by Anapela Polata’ivao, the play was originally performed by Avia as a one-woman show in 2002.

However, the cast had since expanded to six Pasifika actors – Stacey Leilua, Joanna Mika-Toloa, Petmal Lam, Ilaisaane Green, Vaimaila Urale Baker and Polata’ivao and musician Leki Jackson-Bourke.

From its metropolitan New York debut in 2020, where it won the highly competitive top prize – The Fringe Encore Series 2019 Outstanding Production of the Year, to the shores of Aotearoa, Wild Dogs has been performed at various nationwide festivals.

It is heading south to the Oamaru Opera House and Dunedin’s Regent Theatre as part of the Dunedin Arts Festival and on to Invercargill to be performed on Thursday, April 8, at SIT Centrestage Theatre.

Flushed with awards, international acclaim and an incredible cast and crew, Wild Dogs has been described as vivid, passionate and compelling.

Alive with the energy and rhythm of raw and lyrical performance poetry and oral traditions, Wild Dogs Under My Skirt challenges perceptions of culture, life and love.

“This is a play that explores power, politics, racism, love, sex, abuse and life between cultures,” Performing Arts Network of NZ chief executive Louise Gallagher said.

“It’s a celebration of island life, the feminity of a Samoan woman and the wonderful complexity of both.”

  • Wild Dogs Under My Skirt, SIT Centrestage Theatre, Don St, Invercargill, Thursday, April 8, 8pm. Tickets: