Pork and Poll Taxes

In Development

Playwright, Director

In collaboration with:
Hand-Pulled Collective
Producer: Natalya Mandich-Dohnt
Mentors: Chye-Ling Huang & Marianne Infante, Proudly Asian Theatre
Dramaturgy: Renee Liang
Movement Director: Yin-Chi Lee

Photographs: John Rata

Pork and Poll Taxes explores the early Chinese immigrant experience in New Zealand through the story of one family who must face the father’s decision to settle in New Zealand. Set in the 1890s amidst the backdrop of increasing civil unrest and poverty in China, and the mounting racism in New Zealand which culminates in the raising of poll tax from £10 to £100.

Pork and Poll Taxes is currently in script development thanks to the support of the following organisations:


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Developed with

The Greenhouse with Red Leap