We've got some exciting news. An amazing donor has
pledged to MATCH every dollar over $6000, up to
This is an incredible opportunity for us to
take the pressure off our other fundraising efforts (this Boosted
campaign is just one significant component). Every dollar gets us
one step closer to delivering a work of the highest quality and
doing justice to this incredible story.
"If you open your heart to an animal, you'll never be lonely" ~
a Bulgarian dog trafficker
Four years ago, Kiwi Barnaby Olson set out with his backpack on
an adventure that took him to Mexico, throughout the Caribbean,
around Europe and then, unexpectedly, to Turkey, which he called
home for more than a year.
While there, he fell in love with and adopted an abused street
dog, and when the time came for Barnaby to return to New Zealand he
was faced with a difficult choice - whether or not to begin the
long, fraught, and expensive process of trying to bring his new
friend back home.
Fast-forward to 2018 and some of New Zealand's most innovative
theatre-makers are staging a brand new theatrical retelling of what
turned into the adventure of a lifetime.
Set in the Anatolian heartland, against the backdrop of one of
humanity's oldest and richest oral storytelling traditions, this is
a theatrical retelling of a simple story - one of friendship,
loyalty, desperation, and truth. It's the story of a man and his
dog. It's the story of a journey across continents. The story of a
moonshine-making pirate, an immortal beggar, the mother of wolves,
and the value of companionship. It's an exploration of the way in
which we use the moments in our lives as strands that, when bound
together, create legends, heroes, empires, and meaning.
The Turkish Dogs are Racist will be a diverse, fast-paced
performance that relies on a variety of theatrical languages and
forms to deliver a piece of work that is transportative and
gripping. It is presented by a line-up of experienced and
award winning actors. Stevie Hancox-Monk, Barnaby Olson, Andrew
Paterson, and Tess Sullivan will be charged with using all of their
theatrical and storytelling ability to bring this epic saga to the
With your help, we will debut this work in the Heyday
Dome at BATS Theatre, Wellington on 20 November 2018 for ten shows,
with the aim of touring throughout New Zealand in 2019 and
The Turkish Dogs are Racist is written by Barnaby Olson and the
Company, directed by Jonathan Price, and produced by Nathalie
Harrington. We are supported by the Wellington City Council via the
Creative Communities Scheme, and by the Emerging Artists Trust.