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PlayShop lives to provide the joy of playful theatre to the Wellington public, whatever the arena or setting. Cuba Dupa offers us an opportunity to connect directly with the broader community, expand our repertoire and skillset, and experiment with 'pop-up theatre' which enlivens and thrills. Help us cover the cost of costume, props, workshop space, and performers' wages.  

PlayShop is a Wellington-based performance company that aims to create playful, thrilling theatre. We create opportunities for people to experience the joy of playful interaction, though theatre, storytelling, education, and improvisation. We are risk-takers, open to the potential of every moment, so that actor and audience share meaningful stories that arise from the present, and stay in memory for time to come.

Help us do the CubaDupa!

CubaDupa will be a world-class street festival, which builds on the spirit and talent of Wellington and draws on the best international street festivals.  It will be held annually in Wellington, premiering Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 March 2015.

The new Cuba Street festival, CubaDupa, is a celebration of the creative heart of Wellington.  The Cuba street precinct will become a vibrant pedestrianised playground of music, dance, arts and street food.

In creating a totally unique and family friendly urban environment and entertainment programme Drew James, the Artistic Director of CubaDupa has identified seven diverse projects that will deliver an extraordinary experience for audiences and participants.

These are Urban Rhapsodies aerial opera, Mass Cuba Street Orchestra, The Beop band of the future, Carnival Zone with Wellington Batucada, Cuba Surveyors historical street theatre, Java Dance's Sneak Peek in shop windows, and CubaKaleidoscope by the Tarrant Dance Studio. All of these projects will be commissioned with the help of Boosted donations and performed free for audiences on the streets.



  • Thank you from Playshop


    A big thank you to you our donors and to those who spread the word. Although we didn't reach our target in this campaign Playshop still plans to hit the Cuba Dupa streets come party time, so make sure you come and get among the fun. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Where does the name Cuba St come from?


    How many people knew that Cuba Street was named after the good ship “Cuba”? It was an interesting time 175 years ago, when the surveyors arrived and starting pegging out Wellington. This is a great way of telling history, live. With bands of the future and surveyors from the past, CubaDupa is timeless!

    Wellington is one of the world’s greatest festival cities, full of riches, talent, history and good times. Cuba Street is our festival playground, and CubaDupa is the ultimate celebration. There is a bit of Cuba Street in all Wellingtonians. The street holds a place in our hearts and minds.

    We are on a mission to write another chapter into our history and you are part of it. You are CupaDupa, after all the Festival is nothing without you. But you don't have to wait, you can do the CupaDupa right now by supporting one of our Boosted projects. These Boosted projects have been specially created with some of our most brilliant and innovative Wellington artists. With theatre, dance, opera and music they celebrate what is so great about our Cuba Street.

    Thanks to those that already have donated. Tell your friends to donate and then join you at the Festival that we are creating together.

    Drew James, Director

Cuba Dupa

Celebrate the change of season. A transformation from the last moments of summer to the first days of winter. CubaDupa brings all walks of life in an immersive experience to ‘get on up’ during the day or ‘get on down’ in the evening.

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Other Projects by Cuba Dupa

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Opera takes to the balconies and hidden byways of Cuba Street. Opera takes to the balconies and hidden byways of Cuba Street. Diva's descend from stratospheric heights, dangle from above or be encountered up close and personal in a series of operatic outbursts celebrating La Vie de Boheme that is The Street. Opera director and choreographer Sara Brodie will create short vignettes of opera staged on and off the buildings in the Cuba Street area.

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A film/installation/dance event celebrating 100 years of dance in Cuba Street, with students from Tarrant Dance Studio. A Kaleidoscope of Colours will clothe the trees and dancers will bring a range of dance moves to the CubaDupa spaces- at night a film installation will light up the building as Tarrant Dance Studio celebrates a classical time line of 100 years of talent treading to the top of the stairs at 125 Cuba St to 'love dancing'!