'Pork and Poll Taxes' Script Development

May - September 2020
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
Script Advisor: Eleanor Bishop (Asian Ink)

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 underwent development thanks to the support of Creative New Zealand and Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust.

Pork and Poll Taxes was winner Playmarket an Adam NZ Play Award 2021 finalist. 


Adam NZ Play Award 2021, FINALIST

b4 25 Play Award 2022, WINNER

Developed with


The Greenhouse 2020