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13 - 16 September



Event duration icon Duration

90 mins
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PRESENTED BY TAHI Festival of Solo Performance

Get ready to laugh, cry and everything in between as six emerging performers take the stage with brand-new work. They’ll take you on an adventure hunting Bigfoot, introduce you to imaginary friends and tell you ghost stories around the Pasifika shared lunch.

As Aotearoa’s only dedicated solo performance festival, TAHI Festival is a supportive platform for new talent to showcase and develop their work. Key parts of our kaupapa include valuing and fostering emerging artists. Each year we work closely with students of acting programmes from Te Auaha, Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, and Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington. Over the course of a few months, these student performers develop their craft through personalised workshops with industry professionals. HATCH is the triumphant culmination of their mahi.

Read on to see what's in store for HATCH 2023:

The Last Farewell, by Aimee Dredge

How much do you share with the person you love? The joyful and heart-wrenching story of a young couple separated by war.

Heart of the Bush, by Tom Hayward

Only death will stop Forrest Bush from finding Bigfoot in this wacky, high-octane comedy about one man's perilous search for proof.

I am not afraid of sadness, by Joey Sheppard

How do you help a child navigate loss? Through laughter and a really good boogie right?

This World Of Yours, by Ngahaki Gardiner

A monologue about the Māori experience in Aotearoa.

The Ghost Of Tongan Language Week, by Nova Moala-Knox

An insecure Tongan ghost tells stories at a Pasifika shared lunch

Think, Before You Overthink, by Bo Jarratt

Inside the mind of an overthinker. How making a simple choice can feel like life or death, but what if it actually was?

"Most acting programmes use solo creative practice as a way for students to tell their own stories, in their own way and test their growing kete of performance skills and story-telling. Each institution takes a different approach and each individual takes their own path. HATCH is a place for this practice to meet and for emerging artists to connect with each other, mentors and venues." - Emma Katene, HATCH Facilitator

Content Warning

- Themes of war, loud noises, sound effects of bombs and guns, flashing lights.
- References to maternal death and animal death.

Creative Team

Performers / Writers: Aimee Dredge (Te Auaha), Tom Hayward (Te Auaha), Joey Sheppard (Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School), Ngahaki Gardiner (Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington), Nova Moala-Knox (Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School), Bo Jarratt (Te Auaha)
HATCH Facilitator: Emma Katene


TAHI Festival is an annual celebration of solo theatre. From 6 - 16 September 2023 soloists from around the nation - from established to emerging practitioners - will gather in Pōneke to present work, collaborate and make connections across the industry. 2023 marks the fifth year of TAHI Festival, so come and join the fun with some of the best solo theatre Aotearoa has to offer!

Explore our full programme at

@tahifestivalnz | #TAHI2023

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