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Liza Maza talks about Hide the Dog and her time in performing Arts on 3KND.


Lisa Maza (Meriam/Yidindji/Dutch) works as a professional singer, actor, and MC and has done so from her base in Melbourne for twenty seven years. Friends must outwit Māori gods, Palawa spirits and hunters to save the world’s last Tasmanian Tiger. Lisa joins me this morning to yarn about her role in Hide the Dog after 8am this morning.

Hide the Dog is a cross-cultural collaboration between First Nations artists from Australia and Aotearoa. It follows two best friends Niarra and Te Umuroa as they wrangle a vessel and set sail to save their new friend, a lovable thylacine called Tigs, from hunters. It’s a hilarious, heart-warming and adventurous work.

After stumbling upon a lovable thylacine called Tigs, two best friends Niarra and Te Umuroa wrangle a vessel and set sail to Aotearoa to save their new friend from hunters. They face god-sized singing, dancing and wisecracking dangers along the way.


Written by Tasmanian playwright Nathan Maynard (Trawlwoolway pakana) and Aotearoa writer Jamie McCaskill (Māori), Hide the Dog is a richly realised tale. Bursting with nimble puppetry and colourful costumes, the performance takes us on the friends’ adventure via stunning scenic projections.


West Australian director Isaac Drandic (Noongar) steers the ship in a true trans-Tasman First Nations collaboration—the the first of its kind for children and families. It celebrates the power of friendship, the profound connections between cultures, and it shares a boatload of all-ages fun on the journey.

In 2007 Lisa Maza began co-writing with her sister, their autographically inspired theatre show Sisters of Gelam, which premiered at Malthouse Theatre in Nov 2009. Earlier that same year Lisa completed a Certificate III in media at Open Channel, co-directing her first documentary Living in Two Worlds, which premiered at St Kilda Film Festival in May 2009.


She received Best Supporting Performance (Female) for her performance in The Season at Tasmania Theatre Awards 2018. Lisa’s stage performances include: Goodbye Aunty Flo (ILBIJERRI Theatre), Emilia (Essential Theatre), Black Ties (ILBIJERRI Theatre/Te Rehia) From Darkness (La Boite Theatre), The Season (Performing Lines Tasmania), The Rabbits (Opera Australia /Barking Gecko), Going Through (CSF), Things that Fall Over, The Sapphires (Company , Sisters of Gelam (ILBIJERRI/Playbox), Gronks (STC/Zeal), Stolen (ILBIJERRI/Playbox), Yanagai Yanagai!!! (MWT), ENUFF (ILBIJERRI/Playbox), Corrugation Road (Black Swan), Radiance (QTC/Kooemba Jdarra)


RISING and Arts Centre Melbourne present Hide The Dog


Playhouse | 16 – 17 June | Friday 6pm, Saturday 1pm*

Age Recommendation: suitable for children and young people aged 7+ Duration: 64 min, no interval


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