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Te Tupua - The Goblin - Presented by TAHI Festival 2021

20 Oct 2021
20 October 8:30pm
Te Tupua - The Goblin - Presented by TAHI Festival 2021
Event type: 
Festival, Theatre
Tickets from $15
BATS Theatre
1 Kent Terrace


UPDATE: Due to Auckland Level 3 restrictions John Davies is no longer able to attend TAHI Festival in person. To replace this live performance of Te Tupua - The Goblin - a digital version will be available for 48 hours from 8.30pm, Wed 20 October and tickets are now pay-what-you-can from $5-$25.  All current ticket holders will be notified of the changes and sent the link.


Ka whakahokia a Tupua he kōrero ia.            

Whakarongo ki te tangi ra kua pahemo.


Te Tupua will speak, Listen to this cry from the past.


A Scottish lad of 10 is driven into slavery aboard his Majesties ships, circa 1800. After 15 years at sea, he is cast onto the shoreline of Aotearoa and the fight for survival begins. 


Te Tupua – The Goblin is a story of early contact and the act of expiation leading the audience to reflect on our bi-cultural origins where the performer, John Davies, operates as a cultural memory-worker; a cross between a shaman, an historian and a storyteller. 


Te Tupua remains a marginalised phenomenon, despised yet seeking atonement.


Haere mai Te Tupua - a storytelling history play suitable for ages 10 and up.


Written & Performed by John Davies



A celebration of solo performance, TAHI is a five-day Festival 19-23 October at BATS Theatre dedicated to showcasing the finest and most engaging solo theatre from all around Aotearoa.

19-23 October 2021 | BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington

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