Laughter. Mischief. An epic 80s soundtrack. Tons of Kiwi soul.

It’s 1983 and it’s on like Donkey Kong! Young Hemi ‘Jimmy’ Te Rehua is the king of the Whakatāne Astrocade Amusement Parlour. But while there’s no limit to his domination of the Pac-Man and Galaga high score charts, this boy genius hasn’t yet worked out how to beat the game of life. With the help of the Astrocade’s grouchy owner and his plucky mum, Jimmy learns how to stand up to bullies and what it really means to be brave.

Charming and hilarious, this heartwarming throwback to the decade of Poi E, Michael Jackson, and Spacies arcades oozes sweet ‘80s’ nostalgia and the good old times of growing up in small-town Aotearoa. In the spirit of classic coming-of-age movies Stand by Me, The Karate Kid, and Boy, Astroman’s touching Kiwiana story of family, friendship, and courage will have you reaching for the stars. A fun-filled retro comedy for the young and young-at-heart.

PLEASE NOTE // Recommended for ages 13+, contains strong language

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Presented by Auckland Arts Festival, Auckland Theatre Company and Te Rēhia Theatre Company for Auckland Arts Festival 2019Click here to check out what else is coming to Q during the festival


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