Te Tupua - The Goblin


Saturday 18 May 2024




A Scottish lad of ten is enslaved aboard his Majesty’s ships, circa 1800. After 15 years at sea, he is cast ashore in Aotearoa. The fight for survival begins.

Te Tupua the Goblin is an expertly crafted solo performance, delivered by a veteran of the New Zealand stage. John Davies inhabits nine characters, bringing to life an extraordinary corner of our history.

Based on historical events, this tattooed Pākehā remains a potent figure in today’s political climate.

Ka whakahokia a Tupua he kōrero ia Whakarongo ki te tangi ra kua pahemo.

Te Tupua will come and speak, Listen to this cry from the past. Haere mai Te Tupua

Suitable for Ages 10 years and over


SATURDAY 18 MAY 2024, 6.30PM

ADULT: $45 + booking fees
CHILD (16 & under) – Content suitable for 10 years plus : $35 + booking fees
SENIOR/STUDENT: $40 + booking fees
BAR LEANER PACKAGE (4 bar leaner seats, bottle of wine & snacks): $200 + booking fees

Refer our Terms & Conditions


House Information


We pride ourselves on being one of the most accessible venues in the city. We have flat access through the studio doors. Taxis can drop off and pick up patrons from outside the front of the theatre and we can order a taxi for you after the show. There are accessible toilets and lift access to the studio. If you have any concerns or questions regarding accessing the studio please get in touch with our friendly staff.

Bar Service

Our bar has a selection of New Zealand wines and beers as well as juices, water and light snacks. The bars will be closed five minutes before the show’s published start time.

Theatre Etiquette

People come to the Regent Theatre to have a great night out. So everyone has a good time, we ask all our patrons to be courteous to those around them.

  • Please turn off all your electronic devices before you come into the auditorium.
  • If you have taken snacks from our bar back to your seat, try not to rustle when the house lights go down.
  • If you are late to a show, get comfortable in our bar area until we can turn the house lights back on so you can find your seat.
  • Camera flashes occasionally make performers stumble – over their lines or their feet – so we prefer that you don’t use flash (or any other) photography.
  • Please keep your feet on the floor – someone counting the beat on the back of your seat can be distracting.
  • Dancing in the aisles sounds like fun but it might make our Circle collapse. If you really need to dance (and it’s the right sort of show), please book seats in the Stalls or make your way out to the foyer.
  • We encourage you to introduce your children to the arts, but please also teach them to watch and listen quietly and peacefully.
17 The Octagon, Dunedin 9016
Otago, New Zealand
PO Box 5036, Dunedin, 9058
Mon-Fri 9.00am – 5.00pm
Box office is also open one hour before shows