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11 Jun 2019 to 15 Jun 2019
11-15 7pm. Plus matinees, Tues 13 noon, Sat 15 2pm
Experience hardened prison inmates... a wickedly dark comedy.
Event type: 
Festival, Theatre
Adult $45 Senior & Student $35 Family $120
Hannah Playhouse
12 Cambridge Terrace, corner Cambridge Terrace and Courtenay Place


A wickedly dark comedy. Eight counts of unlawful entry using imagination, five counts of reckless use of Maori mythology, four counts possession and cultivation of Shakespeare, and one count dangerous operation of a voice class...

This wicked dark comedy explores the lives of a unit of hardened inmates at a men’s prison. Starring highly acclaimed actors Jason Te Kare and Carrie Green, Cellfish gives agency to the voiceless.

“stimulating, hilarious, upsetting and profoundly on point with what it has to say about the inter-generational cycle of violence.” The Spinoff

Content warning: This production contains course language, the depiction of domestic violence and abuse, gunshot sounds and uses haze. Recommended for 15 years plus.


Taki Rua produce, commission and develop theatre with a distinctively Māori voice. We collaborate with the brightest voices in our industry, touring productions both locally and internationally.


Jason Te Kare is a director, playwright and performer who has worked on stages in England, Canada, Hawai’i and all over Aotearoa. He made his professional debut as an original cast member in the landmark New Zealand play Waiora by Hone Kouka. In 2011 Jason directed I, George Nepia – the first Māori play to win Production of the Year at the Wellington Theatre Awards. His other Wellington Theatre Awards include: Most Promising Male Newcomer, Best New Director, and Director of the Year. He spent ten years producing drama for Radio New Zealand. After directing the 2018 season of Cellfish, Jason will step into the male performer, and director, role for the 2019 tour.


From Palmerston North, Carrie Green (Ngāti Porou) graduated from Toi Whakaari – NZ Drama School in 2012. Since then she’s worked with Circa Theatre, Capital E, Centrepoint Theatre, The Court Theatre, Radio New Zealand, Tawata Productions and World of Wearable Art. She was the Winner of ‘Most Promising Female Newcomer’ in 2015, ‘Outstanding New Playwright’ in 2016 and nominated for ‘Outstanding Performance 2017’ at the Wellington Theatre Awards. Carrie performed in Cellfish for Silo Theatre in 2018.


Ka mihi ki ngā uri o te rohe nei, ratou e noho ana ki runga i te whenua o Te Ūpoko o te Ika a Maui! E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangarangatanga maha o ngā hau e whā! Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa!

Kia Mau Festival stands upon whenua known as Te Ūpoko o te Ika a Maui – the head of the fish of Maui. The region of Wellington is known for the strength of Tāwhirimatea, the God of the Winds, this is the home of Kia Mau Festival.

From 1-15 June 2019, theatre and dance will be performed by Māori, Pasifika and Indigenous artists and their companies from across Te Moana-nui-a-kiwa and around the globe. Artists, whānau, friends, communities and audiences are invited to join us in sharing contemporary performance and knowledge from an Indigenous worldview. Established and helmed by senior artist Hone Kouka, Kia Mau Festival places artists at the centre of the festival's vision. Our artists lead the korero and inspire new futures for our whānau and our communities throughout the country and te ao marama. 2019 marks the fifth year of Kia Mau Festival.

Written by

Hannah Playhouse

22 May 2019