Auckland Arts Festival 2018

Auckland Arts Festival 2018 promises a non-stop showcase of New Zealand and international acts, spanning theatre, dance, music, circus and visual arts and ranging from the most gloriously classical to the very edge of contemporary.

Q Theatre hosts five stunning theatre shows as part of the 2018 Festival: two world premieres, an Australian legend, a hostage drama through youngsters’ eyes, and a fearless new work exploring sex and desire in the digital age.

Part urban thriller and part unflinching social commentary, acclaimed playwright Hone Kouka’s Bless the Child is a searing new work; in Jack Charles v The Crown, veteran actor, musician and Aboriginal elder Uncle Jack Charles tells his extraordinary life story on stage and screen – and most poignantly – behind bars; Ahi Karunaharan’s Tea is a sweeping saga set on the Sri Lankan tea estates; Belgian hit play Us/Them tackles the infamous Beslan hostage drama through the eyes of two youngsters caught up in the tragedy; while acclaimed theatremakers Eleanor Bishop, Karin McCracken and Julia Croft (Jane Doe; If There’s Not Dancing at the Revolution, I’m Not Coming) shatter old ideas of sex and desire in Body Double.

Taking place every March, Auckland Arts Festival is a globally recognised event that celebrates people and culture, and showcases the unrivalled location, cultural diversity and vibrant energy of New Zealand’s largest city.

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Auckland Arts Festival receives core funding from Auckland Council and Creative New Zealand

Bless the Child

Part compelling urban thriller, part unflinching social commentary, this searing new work from acclaimed playwright Hone Kouka and Tawata Productions confronts the hard truths of shared humanity.

Mar 8 to Mar 12 2018


Ambitious and luxurious in scale, this sweeping saga set on the tea estates of Sri Lanka heralds a new direction for South Asian theatre in Aotearoa. World Premiere.

Mar 9 to Mar 18 2018

Jack Charles V The Crown

Veteran actor, musician and Aboriginal elder Jack Charles performs this powerful one-man show on the colourful life he has led on stage and screen and – most poignantly – behind bars.

Mar 15 to Mar 18 2018

Body Double

Exploring sex and desire in the digital age, Body Double takes a sledgehammer to old ideas and calls for a rewrite of the scripts we’ve been taught.

Mar 20 to Mar 29 2018


Brilliant and utterly compelling, this Edinburgh Festival Fringe hit play tackles the Beslan hostage drama from the perspective of two wise, indomitable youngsters caught up in the tragedy – disarming and profoundly uplifting.

Mar 22 to Mar 25 2018

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