2021 Schools Tour

COVID-19 crashes Y&H’s party

As with many of our arts whanau, our programmes have been caught up in the COVID-19 disruption. The 2020 Y&H Schools Tour – WHADDARYA?, and Y&H Ambassadors programme have been deferred until 2021.

WHADDARYA? explores NZ identity through extracts from key NZ plays. The 2021 tour will begin in term two and travel throughout NZ. Good news: if you have already booked for 2020 we will keep your spot for 2021. And if you missed out on booking, get in contact below as we still have some spaces.

Meanwhile, Young & Hungry is currently looking at new ways of delivering on our vision to support young and emerging creatives into the performing arts.


In the 50-minute no-tech production, WHADDARYA? will feature extracts from Kiwi plays that have the common theme of ‘NZ identity’ and what it means to be a New Zealander.

We are thrilled to have acclaimed director/playwright Shane Bosher as the director and dramaturg. With the support of Playmarket, he will select the excerpts for what will be another excellent show for your Drama and English students.

Shane has been a director, dramaturg, producer and strategic development consultant in New Zealand and internationally for the last 20 years. Following training at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, he has worked for all of New Zealand’s major theatre companies.

Shane is approaching the theme of ‘NZ identity’ by taking excerpts from plays that focus on important events in New Zealand’s history that have helped to shape who we are. While our family whakapapa will determine much of our individual identity, landmark events have helped to shape our collective identity.

The plays and playwrights included are:

  • THE BELLBIRD // Stephen Sinclair *
  • WAIORA // Hone Kouka *
  • REAL FAKE WHITE DIRT // Jess Holly Bates
  • FORESKIN’S LAMENT // Greg McGee *
  • DAWN RAIDS // Oscar Kightley *
  • BURN HER // Sam Brooks
  • TE KARAKIA // Albert Belz *

*NZQA Prescribed Playwright

WHADDARYA? will be touring schools around New Zealand through Term 2 2021


The show is performed in traverse by four young professional actors and requires no lighting or sound set-up. It is ideally suited to Drama students in years 10 to 13 and has a Q&A built into the programme. An extension of the Q&A or an optional workshop to follow the performance can be arranged at the time of booking.

For more information about the tour route, pricing and making a booking, visit:

Tour Route, Pricing and Booking  

Stay tuned for more information on plays and excerpts being released in the coming months.

Curriculum Support

Along with the performance at your school, your booking includes a study guide with:

  • A master script
  • Playwright bios and play synopses
  • a digital filming of the performance (filmed at the end of the tour and available through to the end of the year) 
  • notes and information from the creative team,
  • and pre and post show activities and exercises tailored to exam requirements.

Study guide will be available before the tour kicks off in 2021

Optional Workshop available

An optional workshop is available to follow the performance. The workshop will explore drama components as set out in the NZC to align how the elements, conventions, techniques and technologies in the show create ideas at specific moments.