It's hard to sleep when you don't know what dawn will bring.

Dawn Raids

by Oscar Kightley

16 AUG - 3 SEP 2022 — Theatre



Auckland Theatre Company


ASB Waterfront Theatre


2 hours, including interval


Contains strong language

Legendary Pasifika theatre collective Pacific Underground revisits Dawn Raids 25 years on, in the wake of the apology.

Central Auckland. 1973. Fuarosa sleeps with one eye on the front door, in fear of it bursting open. Sione struggles to keep the peace by day and croons Elvis love songs by night. Teresa turns to activism to channel her rage but only her mate Bene hears her. Steve is a policeman, turning his own people out of their homes – even though it turns his stomach. Mose supports the raids and scorns overstayers.

Join Sione and his band, the Noble Hawai’ian Sabretooth Tigers, as they welcome you to the Paradise Honeypot Club where everything is beautiful, until it isn’t.

Oscar Kightley’s contemporary classic contrasts white-hot anger at the injustice visited upon Pacific People with wit and warmth, and Elvis - lots of Elvis. An unmissable new production of Dawn Raids, given fresh potency by the Apology.

“A searing and raw look at a community under siege from its own government from a shameful time in Aotearoa’s history, only now being atoned for.” – Jonathan Bielski

A co-production between Auckland Theatre Company and Pacific Underground.

By arrangement with Playmarket.

Dates &

Tue 16 Aug 7:00 PM Preview

Wed 17 Aug 7:00 PM Preview

Thu 18 Aug 7:00 PM Opening Night

Fri 19 Aug 8:00 PM

Sat 20 Aug 8:00 PM

Sun 21 Aug 4:00 PM Sunday Forum

Tue 23 Aug 7:00 PM Youth Night

Wed 24 Aug 7:00 PM

Thu 25 Aug 11:00 AM

Thu 25 Aug 7:00 PM

Fri 26 Aug 8:00 PM

Sat 27 Aug 2:00 PM

Sat 27 Aug 8:00 PM

Sun 28 Aug 4:00 PM

Tue 30 Aug 7:00 PM Audio-described & touch tour

Wed 31 Aug 7:00 PM

Thu 1 Sep 7:00 PM

Fri 2 Sep 8:00 PM

Sat 3 Sep 2:00 PM NZSL-interpreted

Sat 3 Sep 8:00 PM

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Backstage Story

Mon 1 Aug 6:00pm
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Sunday Forum

Sun 21 Aug 3:00pm
Join us at the ASB Waterfront Theatre auditorium, before the 4pm performance, to hear from a special guest speaker and enrich your experience of the show.

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Youth Night

Tue 23 Aug 7:00pm
Youth Night explores new ways to connect young people to the transformational magic of theatre, with a dedicated youth performance of each production, curated and hosted by our Youth Company.

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Audio-Described & Touch Tour

Tue 30 Aug 7:00pm
Audio-described performances are open to all and include a live audio commentary relayed to blind and low-vision patrons in the audience via an earpiece. Patrons with accessibility tickets can also attend a touch-tour 90 minutes before the performance. 

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Sat 3 Sep 2:00pm
NZSL-interpreted performances are open to all and feature an interpreter on stage to interpret the show for Deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons in the audience.

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