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Tropical Love Birds Tropical Love Birds
Aotearoa NZ

Tropical Love Birds

  • Theatre
  • World Premiere

Tropical Love Birds is a high energy drama-comedy played out in the trenches of a lovers’ relationship that is tested at the core.

Sani is an electrifying beast of a league star. His island queen, Sheena, is a singer in the local band. They're a match that’s heaven-made.

Fast forward 15 years, and Sani is now a roadworks supervisor, while his best mate Steve and nephew Junior work under him. Sheena’s singing career is taking off and a major record deal is about to be signed.

As fate would have it, Sani’s past catches up with him on Valentine’s Day, initiating a love now on trial between Sani and Sheena. Meanwhile, left-field Inspector Marina suspects Sani and his boys are up to no good and is determined to put them behind bars.

The world premiere of Niuean/Samoan writer-performer Vela Manusaute’s latest play, Tropical Love Birds ventures into the often-muted world of domestic violence, using the gravitas of humour, sound and theatre-loving-goodness to uplift courage, presence and alofa.

Directed by Anapela Polata'ivao.

Recommended for ages 13+
Contains domestic violence, strong language and sexual references.

GA Adult $33
GA Conc/Group 6+ $29
GA Under 30 (limited availability) $23
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80 mins, no interval


Supported by

Commissioned by

Auckland Arts Festival


  • Vela Manusaute
  • Anapela Polata’ivao


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