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Cellfish - Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival


Tue 15 Oct 2019, 12:00pm–1:30pm
Tue 15 Oct 2019, 7:00pm–8:30pm

Where: Lawson Field Theatre, 7 Fitzherbert St, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: M

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $25.00
  • Concession: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Mr. Fahrenheit

Five counts of reckless use of Māori mythology, four counts possession and cultivation of Shakespeare, and one count dangerous operation of a voice class...

Enter the world of Cellfish, where hardened inmates come face to face with a whole new nightmare: Shakespeare classes with Miss Lucy!

Starring celebrated actors Jason Te Kare (Ngāti Maniapoto, Tainui) and Carrie Green (Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tahu) – this funny, insightful and gripping work takes us behind the walls of a New Zealand correctional facility and into the minds of its residents. Some are looking to improve their parole chances, others want to kill some time and one just wants to kill.

Following sell-out seasons at Auckland Arts Festival and Silo Theatre, Cellfish makes its way to Te Tairāwhiti for the first time in 2019.

Performed in both English and te reo Māori.

Warning: This production contains the depiction of domestic violence and abuse, gunshot sounds, coarse language and uses haze.

“An extraordinary achievement… Hilarious, upsetting and profoundly on point with what it has to say about the inter-generational cycle of violence.” – The Spinoff

"Woven together, it is a brilliant display of theatrical virtuosity and a rare chance to watch two extraordinarily talented actors show off their skills." - NZ Herald

Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival
Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival is the Gisborne region’s new flagship contemporary arts and cultural event, taking place, for the first time, from 4-20 October this year. Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival will deliver performance events by hundreds of performers from across New Zealand and the Pacific.

The festival celebrates what it means to be of Tairāwhiti and of Aotearoa. It reflects and celebrates the people of the Gisborne region and the East Coast. It reinforces the importance of people and place, and further affirms the region’s strong position in the creative landscape of Aotearoa.

For the full programme and ticketing information, please visit