THE FACTORY (Years 9-13)

Kila Kokonut Krew Aotearoa / New Zealand

a knockout blow

NZ Herald

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 Aukalani 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. There she discovers that each time the factory bell rings she feels further away from her home and aspirations.

This large-scale show features an original score by Paolima Salima, a dazzling array of exuberant and soulful songs, slick choreography, seven live musicians including a band with string ensemble, and music that will rock your vaka.

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 have been coming to Auckland since the 1970s, searching for ways to support the families they have left behind and striving to make new lives for themselves.

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