Reset 2020

Words by  Rebecca Johnson & Brittany Baker

A Festival for Aotearoa ~ 5–15 November 

Get ready to reset yourself when Taranaki Arts Festival presents RESET 2020, A Festival for Aotearoa, proudly brought to you by Tandem Group Chartered Accountants. This extravaganza of spectacular theatre, side-splitting comedy and sublime live music will light up theatres, halls and venues around the region for an arts festival like no other in November.

A stellar all New Zealand festival line-up, and tickets priced at $25 or less—it’s just what Taranaki needs for a festival fix before the year ends.

Renowned dance company Footnote New Zealand Dance will take the stage to present deeply intriguing Undercurrent – two richly detailed and deeply intriguing dance works created by Japanese choreographer Kota Yamazaki and New Zealander Rose Philpott.

Wildly funny pop parody Two Hearts: Taranaki World Tour bring their arena-sized pop-concert experience to the Theatre Royal for one night only. With original music, distractingly attractive back-up dancers, and frankly, too much confetti, Laura Daniel and Joseph Moore will dazzle audiences with their bombastic pop-comedy.

Bring your naughty out to play with laugh-out-loud love comedy, Don Juan, by much-loved troupe Slightly Isolated Dog. Expect a riotous story of the world’s greatest lover combined with brilliant theatrical magic, twisted pop songs and an interactive comedy show.

A festival show that brings to life one of the most enduring popular melodies of the twentieth century – Blue Smoke. Join Kirsten Te Rito, Rachel Fraser and Katelin Little for Portrait of Pixie Williams, interpretations of Pixie’s most-loved recordings and the songs that shaped a generation.

Dramatic theatre piece Black Lover by Stanley Makuwe will confront audiences with war, politics and colonialism. Compelling and reflective, it explores the courage to stand against injustice in a nation experiencing deep racial divides. Developed with the support of the Auckland Theatre Company.

Trick of The Light Theatre brings the wonderfully imaginative piece Tröll, a show for the whole family to enjoy! Combining storytelling, music and puppetry, this is an uncanny tale from the twitchy edges of the digital age telling a story both mythic and modern in the vein of Stranger Things. Best suited for ages 8+.

RESET 2020 also presents four ‘Around Taranaki’ performances including CRINGE WORTHY! , Super Hugh-Man and Albi & the Wolves.

Coming to Ōpunake and Inglewood, CRINGE WORTHY! A groovy, tubular, dynamite extravaganza that is equal parts nostalgic, humiliating, and hilarious! It promises to be a smorgasbord of contagious songs served with a side of bell-bottoms and a huge dollop of cheesy comedy.

Audiences in Ōkato will be swept away by stunning solo cabaret Super Hugh-Man – a heartfelt love letter to Wolverine and Broadway star Hugh Jackman, directed by theatre veteran Jennifer Ward-Lealand and presented by acclaimed Kiwi entertainer Rutene Spooner.

Adding to the magic, TSB Showplace’s Theatre Royal Lounge will transform into the Piano Bar – an intimate, after-show venue offering live jazz tunes to top off the evening following select shows.

Alongside 19 programmed shows are a slew of community events, from jewellery workshops to paint classes, free live music and behind-the-scenes distillery tours, RESET 2020’s event’s calendar will attract all ages and interests.

If you love a good feast, don’t miss Feast Festival Taranaki, from 30 Oct – 15 November. Cafes, bars and restaurants are working with brewers, distillers and food producers to serve the best spring bounty Taranaki has to offer.
Follow the Feast Festival Website ( or on Instagram (feastivaltaranaki) and Facebook for ways to Feast!

RESET 2020 runs 5-15 November with tickets on sale now.  To learn more about the programme or book in, visit

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