07 Oct 2009
ATC Media Release
Kila Kokonut Krew and Auckland Theatre Company join forces to produce ‘STRICTLY BROWN’ a sizzling hot, new Comedy Variety show as part of the Manukau Festival of the Arts 2009.
We’ve had the Laughing Samoans and Flight of the Conchords, now brace yourself New Zealand for ‘Pani and Pani!’ the Pacific-rims answer to Kath and Kim. With their dynamic debut single “Gout, Gout let it all out” looming in the charts, ‘STRICTLY BROWN’ is a one off opportunity to see these stars before they truly shine. Starring; Anapela Polataivao (The Market) and Goretti Chadwick (Where We Once Belonged) as our all time clueless characters of comedy ‘Pani and Pani’.
Also featuring guest appearances from funny man Robbie Magasiva (Shortland Street, Bro’ Town, Sione’s Wedding, Naked Samoans, The Strip, Jacksons Wharf, Stick Men), and musicians Adeaze as well as other celebrity guests.
Hosted by comedy crusader Vela Manusaute (The Brownies, AotearoHA, Island Mafia, Taro King, Once Were Samoan’s) with Kila acts from the Kila Kokonut Krew and ‘Empty Rooms’ band starring Tony T (Adijah).
‘STRICTLY BROWN’ will also show case the talents of 6 new acts each supported by industry professionals. Each act will compete for the Grand Prize and the winner will be chosen through audience and judges vote.
Modelled on ‘Amateur Night at the Apollo’ (USA) which started in 1934 and is now a weekly televised event and has made a reputation for itself of being the place where stars are born and legends are made. (Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Bessie Smith, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and Lauryn Hill) http://www.apollotheater.org
The show is a fun filled evening of laughter, performance and entertainment. It’s as glamorous as the Oscars with a twist of black humour, a dash of kokonut and the freshest talent south-side of the Manukau.
The collaboration between Auckland Theatre Company and Kila Kokonut Krew is funded by Creative New Zealand. ‘STRICTLY BROWN’ is the first of several creative development projects which assist smaller companies like Kila Kokonut Krew and extend the audience base for Auckland Theatre Company.
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Auckland Theatre Company
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