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We've got the cows and we've got the bees but is New Zealand really
the land of milk and honey?
New Zealand's first-ever Pacific musical, The Factory,
is an entertaining and entirely unique exploration of the Samoan
migrant experience. 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 peoples 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.
Opening with a powerful call to ancestral roots delivered by the
cast of 14, 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.
Co-Directors: Anapela Polataivao and
Composer: Poulima Salima
Post-show talk: Thu 7 Mar
# In a nutshell: Pasifika sounds, vibrant voices, true-to-life
PRODUCED AND PRESENTED BY AUCKLAND ARTS FESTIVAL
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