It’s 1983. Jess is 17. Her teenage rebellion is a wild roller-coaster ride through Auckland’s underground ‘80s scene, culminating in a crisis that changes the course of her life. Tessa Mitchell effortlessly plays herself, her teen alter-ego, and a cast of 10 colourful characters. This multi-media extravaganza promises a wild romp through 1980s counter-culture you won’t forget.

Personal and unapologetic, this semi-autobiographical ride written by Tessa Mitchell is a rumination on memory, teenage rebellion and female rites of passage.

The show draws on text from her original collaboration I Wanna Be Na Nah Na Nah Nah which received The Auckland Fringe Award.

‘Tessa’s open-hearted warmth and relaxed, frank expression is effortlessly captivating and highly entertaining.’
– Theatreview

‘In under an hour, Mitchell covers more emotional ground than most shows do in 90 minutes.’
– Theatrescene

Written and performed by Tessa Mitchell

Directed by Chris Jannnides (NZ), Prue Cunningham (NZ) and Vanessa Chapple (AU)

Lighting design by Jason Crick

Image by Prue Cunningham



MAY 31 – JUNE 4


Wed 6.30pm
Thu 7.30pm
Fri 6.30pm
Sat 8.30pm
Sun 4pm

Approximately 55 minutes


La Mama Theatre


Tickets Info/

Full $25 Concession $15

Phone Booking/

03 9347 6142