Tales of an Urban Indian
The life of an indigenous Canadian man in the "big city"

Āhea | When

Kei hea | Where

Utu | Cost

Roanga | Duration

Ngā wheako | Experience

Ngā āhuatanga | Themes

Ngā peka | Share


Kaupapa | About

“Compelling, all embracing, challenging and uplifting” – Stage Whispers


Staged entirely on a moving bus, Darrell Dennis’ play is about a contemporary Indigenous man who grows up on both the reserve and in “big-city” Vancouver. This show conjures up many characters that appear in Simon’s life, all played by one actor.

A perennial favourite of Canada’s Talk Is Free Theatre, Tales of An Urban Indian has played over 500 performances in locations across Canada, Australia, Argentina, Chile, and Suriname.

This event starts at Te Pou Theatre. From there, audience members will board a bus, travel with the performer for the duration of the play, and return to Te Pou Theatre.

Talk Is Free Theatre is an award-winning theatre company based just north of Toronto in Barrie, Canada. Best known for its over 20-year history of wowing audiences with new creations, unexpected reimaginings of established works, and neglected classics at home and around the globeC

When the world of high art collides with the world of advertising and consumerism ‘Limited
Time Only’ is what you get. An absurd physical-theatre comedy from multi-award show
watching director Hone Taukiri that will give you a great night out and ask for nothing in return
but all of your money.
GrindHouse Theatre presents: LIMITED TIME ONLY – available for a Limited Time only…

Ngā Tangata | Cast & Creatives

Picture of Herbie Barnes

Herbie Barnes


Picture of Darrell Dennis

Darrell Dennis


Picture of Nikeidrian Lologa Peters

Nikeidrian Lologa Peters


Picture of Millie Manning

Millie Manning


Picture of Mateusz Budzyna-Dawidowski

Mateusz Budzyna-Dawidowski


Tīkiti | Tickets

All tickets to this event are General Admission and are currently available online.

$30 Pakeke (Adult) 

$25 Kaumātua (Senior) | Gold Card may be required

$25 Rangatahi | Student

$20 Hapori (Community services card holders, Equity) | Community services card, Equity card holders

$35 Support the Artists

If you need assistance with your booking please contact https://www.iticket.co.nz/about

Taenga | Arrival

Our whare is located at Corban estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon lane, Henderson, Waitakere.

When you arrive at Corban Estate, follow the signs that lead to our whare.


Ways to get here:

🚲 Cycle

There is a scenic cycle way that leads to Corban Estate Arts Centre. Lock your bike up in the bike stand available on site.


🚌 Bus & train

Bus and train links arrive at Henderson Transport Centre, which is within walking distance to our whare. Check the public transport route in your area to plan your trip.


🚗 Parking

Follow parking directions as you enter into Corban Estate Arts Centre.

Whakatapoko | Accessibility

Wheelchair and walker accessibility

Our whare is accessible to wheelchairs and walkers.

To ensure you have the best visiting experience, contact us at ticketing@tepoutheatre.nz about your access needs so we can anticipate your visit.



Please note, your walker will need to be stored away during the performance so that it’s not a trip hazard to other patrons. An usher will return your walker to you whenever you need it.



Service animals

Service animals are welcome at our whare. If you’re bringing a service animal to an event, contact us at ticketing@tepoutheatre.nz before your visit so we can anticipate your arrival.

Covid 19 Considerations

If you have any Covid-19 symptoms or have been required to isolate, please stay home.

We encourage you to share the gift of theatre by passing your ticket onto someone else to enjoy if you have to stay home.



Masks are not required, but you are welcome to wear one.

Ngā kaitautoko | Sponsors