Auckland Arts Festival 2019

Spanning theatre, dance, music, cabaret, circus and visual arts, Auckland Arts FestivalAhurei Toi o Tāmaki Makaurau returns in March 2019 featuring New Zealand and international acts to inspire, provoke and entertain.

Q Theatre hosts five works as part of the 2019 Festival: a new NZ play oozing with 80s nostalgia, two plays with poetry at their heart - a revival of an acclaimed work with six formidable Pasifika actresses and a delightful Portugese solo show that will touch your heart and soul; a delightfully dark theatre gem for curious children and adventurous adults, and a visual arts work which promises to change your mood.

Alive with the energy and rhythm of raw and lyrical performance poetry and oral traditions, Silo Theatre’s new production of Tusiatia Avia’s Wild Dogs Under My Skirt features six formidable Pasifika actresses and will challenge your perceptions of culture, life, and love; An ode to language and literature, Portuguese playwright and actor Tiago Rodrigues’ beautiful play By Heart invites 10 audience volunteers to learn a poem, by heart, on stage; Auckland Theatre Company and Te Rēhia Theatre take a step back to the 80s with Albert Belz’s Astroman, a touching story of family, friendship and courage (and an epic soundtrack); Trick of The Light’s delightfully dark The Bookbinder has been acclaimed around the world and finally has its Auckland season as part of the Festival. And for something a little different in the Barfoot & Thompson Lounge – Tell The Mood Machine how you’re feeling and receive some art and writing to match.

A globally recognised celebration of art and culture taking place every March, Auckland Arts Festival is a place for ambitious ideas by storytellers, provocateurs and creators and reflects our contemporary, cosmopolitan city with its many communities.


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The Mood Machine

Popping up at Q Theatre, The Mood Machine is a mysterious contraption that will listen to the way you’re feeling and diagnose you with some art and writing to match.

Mar 5 to Mar 29 2019

Wild Dogs Under My Skirt

The empowering ensemble production of Tusiata Avia’s fearless poetry collection returns with an all-female cast of six formidable Pasifika actors – now more enchanting and alive than ever.

Mar 5 to Mar 11 2019

By Heart

An ode to language and literature, Portuguese playwright and actor Tiago Rodrigues’ beautiful play invites 10 volunteers from the audience to learn a poem, by heart, on stage

Mar 13 to Mar 16 2019


In the spirit of classic coming-of-age movies Stand By Me, The Karate Kid, and Boy, Astroman is a touching story of family, friendship, and courage, with an epic 80s soundtrack and tons of Kiwi soul.

Mar 16 to Apr 6 2019

The Bookbinder

This delightfully dark and imaginative gem from award-winning company Trick of the Light Theatre weaves shadowplay, paper craft, puppetry, and music into a spellbinding fairytale.

Mar 21 to Mar 24 2019

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Whether you’re an individual who loves the theatre, or a company who’s looking to forge a new creative partnership, we’d love to hear from you.

More about Supporting Q

  • We asked Amanda Rees to share some of her reo journey with us for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2018

    Catch Amanda in Cradle Song, spooking up Q's Loft September 18 - 22

  • The unstoppable Julia Croft and Nisha Madhan have been offered a season and residency at the prestigious Battersea Arts Centre in London, and because they're special members of our Q whānau we want to help them get there! We asked Julia to tell us about her inspiration for creating this work, and what it means in 2018 a year after it was first created.