The Factory

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Kila Kokonut Krew

The Factory

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 18 June - 21 June 2014


Described as New Zealand’s first-ever Pacific musical, The Factory, is an entertaining and entirely unique exploration of the Samoan migrant experience.

Opening with a powerful call to ancestral roots delivered by the cast of fourteen, this large-scale show features an original score by Poulima Salima, a dazzling array of exuberant and soulful songs, slick choreography, a live seven-piece band, including a string ensemble, and music that will rock your vaka.

Arriving in Aukilani with her father, a young Samoan woman with big dreams and hopes for a brighter future is immediately set to work in a South Auckland textile factory. But each time the factory bell rings, she feels further away from both her home and her aspirations.

Hilarious and heartfelt, this vibrant funk-fuelled musical weaves a romantic narrative and wry lyrics into a tribute to the courage of the Pacific people who came to Auckland during the 1970s, searching for ways to support the families they left behind and striving to make new lives for themselves.

“The Factory is a brilliant musical with a deeply potent story…” – Auckland Arts Festival

Dates & Times:
Wednesday 18 June 8:00pm
Thursday 19 June 8:00pm
Friday 20 June 8:00pm
Saturday 21 June 2:00pm
Saturday 21 June 8:00pm

Losa: Milly Grant
Kavana: Aleni Tufuga
Richard: Paul Glover
Edward: Ryan Bennett
Misilei: Paul Fagamalo
Mose: Taofia Pelesasa
Lesi: Tavai Faasavalu
Feleti: Troy Tu’ua
Nu’u: Saipele Maika
Lau: Valentino Maliko
Moka: Joanna Mika-Toloa
Tulafono: Suivai Autagavaia
Fili: Nastassia Wolfgramm
Lagi: Rosita Gibbons
Evelina: Loma Teisi

Bass Guitar: Glen Jackson
Keyboard: Poulima Salima
Drums: Swap Gomez

Writer/Director: Vela Manusaute
Writer/Director: Anapela Polataivao
Writer/Associate Producer: Stacey Leilua
Producer: William McKegg
Music Directors: Glen Jackson and Malcolm Lakatani
Composer: Poulima Salima
Original Choreography: Amanaki Prescott
New Choreography: Cathy Livermore and Troy Tu’ua
Company Manager: Louise Fox
Production Manager: Brendan Van Den Berg
Sound Engineer: Arran Eley
Set & Lighting Designer: Sean Coyle
Lighting Operator: Gavin Faull
Costume Designer: Lindah Lepou
Stage Manager: Leki Jackson-Bourke
Book Dramaturg: Jonathan Alver
Musical Arrangement: Tama Waipara

TOUR PRODUCER – Arts Projects Australia
Director: Ian Scobie
Associate Producer: Daniel Vorrasi
Production Manager: Nicholas Filsell
Marketing Manager: Nicola Prime

By arrangement with Arts Projects Australia with support from Creative New Zealand’s Touring Australia initiative.

Auckland Opera Singer in Blue Collar Musical –

Kiwi Hit Musical The Factory celebrates emotional journey of Pacific people – Daily Telegraph

The Kiwi Les Mis? New Zealand’s Biggest Musical – Daily Review

Vela Manusaute & Stacey Leilua chat to Radio New Zealand about The Factory – Listen here


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Approximately 90 minutes (No interval)

Ticket Prices

Sidekicks Adult $43
Sidekicks Conc. $38
Adult $48
Concession $43
Youth 30&U $38
F/T Student $31
Group 8+ $43

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Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
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