Shadon Meredith sits in front of a white background with his arms resting on his bent knees.
28 June - 2 July


Sos & Sha Creative


Presented by Sos & Sha Creative

Waiting is an evocative coming-of-age story that celebrates beat poetry delivered through physical grace. Written and performed by Shadon Meredith, it is a love letter written to his son, taking the audience through a journey of his life and breaking down the human condition of waiting.

Growing up in New Zealand as a Sāmoan New Zealander, the insights are both personal and reflective of cultural challenges faced by those who are navigating identity as a minority race in Aotearoa New Zealand.

It brings the relevance and emotional honesty close to the surface, and I find myself glowing with the heartwarming tones
Catherine Hart, Echoes from the Wings (Nelson Fringe Festival 2017)


Nelson Fringe Festival 2017

  • Best of Fringe
  • Best Actor
  • Best Director
  • Best Design
  • Best Solo Show

Whangārei Fringe Festival 2020

  • Best of Whangārei Fringe
  • Best Theatre

Auckland Fringe Festival 2021

  • PANNZ Auckland Festival Fringe Winner 2021
I feel a sense of bewilderment that I’ve been on a journey, a journey spanning Shadon’s life
Ataria Sharman, The Pantograph Punch, Whangārei Fringe Festival 2020.

"Waiting ends with Shadon speaking the single word "breathe”, and then the lights dim and I feel like I really do need to take a breath, to feel and experience everything that I’ve just seen...

The performance is polished, from the use of lighting to communicate context and the range of colours to convey emotion, to the bare but symbolic setting. This demonstrates the care with which Amelia Reid-Meredith has directed Waiting. Shadon, in my opinion, is an undeniable acting talent. Taika Waititi – if you are reading this, Shadon needs a big film role!" - Ataria Sharman, The Pantograph Punch

Creative Team

Presented by: Sos & Sha Creative
Written & Performed by: Shadon Meredith
Director: Amelia Reid-Meredith
Creative Producers: Theresa Adams & Ruth Evans
Lighting Design & Technical Operator: Peter Davison
Dramaturg: Renee Lyons
Sound Design & Composition: Brandon Haru
Choreography: Sarah Foster-Sproull