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By Albert Belz

Presented by Auckland Theatre Company
A co-production with Te Reihea Theatre Company In association with Auckland Arts Festival

16 March - 6 April 2019
Q Theatre, Auckland

Directed by Tainui Tukiwaho
Starring: Miriam McDowell, Nicola Kawana

It’s 1983 and it’s on like Donkey Kong! Young Hemi ‘Jimmy’ Te Rehua is the king of the Whakatāne Astrocade Amusement Parlour. But while there’s no limit to his domination of the Pac-Man and Galaga high-score charts, this boy genius hasn’t yet worked out how to beat the game of life. With the help of the Astrocade’s grouchy owner and his plucky mum, Jimmy learns how to stand up to bullies and what it really means to be brave.

Charming and hilarious, this heart-warming throwback to the decade of Poi E, Michael Jackson and spacies arcades oozes sweet '80s nostalgia and the good old times of growing up in small-town Aotearoa.

In the spirit of classic coming-of-age tales Stand By Me and BoyAstroman’s touching Kiwiana story of family, friendship and courage will have you reaching for the stars. A fun-filled retro comedy for the young and young-at-heart.


An irresistibly funny and heartwarming love letter to the 80s.

Please find more information and tickets here.

Earlier Event: 17 March
Toku Reo Waiata
Later Event: 22 March
The Dreamer