Laughter. Mischief. An epic 80s soundtrack. Tons of Kiwi soul.

Aw kia ora you fulliz, my name’s Hemi Te Rehua, but everybody just calls me Jim. Welcome to Whakatāne!

It’s 1983 and it’s on like Donkey Kong! Young Hemi ‘Jimmy’ Te Rehua is the king of the Whakatāne Astrocade Amusement Parlour. But while there’s no limit to his domination of the Pac-Man and Galaga high score charts, this boy genius hasn’t yet worked out how to beat the game of life. With the help of the Astrocade’s grouchy owner and his plucky mum, Jimmy learns how to stand up to bullies and what it really means to be brave.

Charming and hilarious, this heartwarming throwback to the decade of Poi E, Michael Jackson, and Spacies arcades oozes sweet 80s nostalgia and the good old times of growing up in small-town Aotearoa. In the spirit of classic coming-of-age movies Stand by Me, The Karate Kid, and Boy, Astroman’s touching Kiwiana story of family, friendship, and courage will have you reaching for the stars. A fun-filled retro comedy for the young and young-at-heart.

Recommended for ages 13+
Contains Strong language

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Writer Albert Belz
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Levi Kereama
Miriama McDowell
Nicola Kawana
Kauri Williams
Rickylee Russell-Waipuka
Aaron McGregor
Gavin Rutherford
Brady Peeti
Tatum Warren-Ngata
Tyler Wilson Kōkiri

Te Rēhia Theatre Amber Curreen
Set Designer John Verryt
Lighting Designer Jane Hakaraia
Sound Designer Laughton Kora
Costume Designer Louise Davis
Motion Graphics Designer Harley Campbell
Choreographer Justin Haiu
Assistant Director (Teina) Matthew Kereama


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