17 May 2019
Basement Theatre is Auckland’s culture-defining powerhouse - home to an artistic mixtape of theatre makers, dancers, visual artists, poets, musicians, comedians and everyone in between.
Little Black Bitch is an Adam NZ Play Award-winning play by Jason Te Mete that blends mythology, waiata and black comedy.
When Matiu took his own life, his little dog Toto took off with the suicide note. The whole community has been turned upside down. When the dog turns up outside Rangi’s window he knows he must help. He must adopt her - whangai - and he must protect and hide her. But as he feeds her, his toto (blood) begins to run deeper and darker than ever before. Rangitoto has awoken. The earth begins to dance, and the sky bleeds.
She’s little. She’s black. She’s a bitch.
TUATARA COLLECTIVE is a new company, bringing artists together to collaborate and turn our own Aotearoa stories into art. Our voice, our music, and our dance is most powerful when our hearts are entwined in the roots of the work. The OVER MY DEAD BODY series by Jason Te Mete is the debut for Tuatara Collective, beginning with UNINVITED at Auckland Pride Festival 2019, and LITTLE BLACK BITCH at Kia Mau Festival, Wellington.
Please note Over My Dead Body: LITTLE BLACK BITCH contains direct references to suicide, and explores mental health and illness. Adult Supervision is recommended for younger audiences.