The Factory

Set in 1970s New Zealand, The Factory by Kila Kokonut Krew is a heartwarming and exuberant musical about the Samoan migrant experience. It was created in honour of the brave immigrants who left home to carve a better life for themselves and their families.

The strength of this production relies a lot on the ability of the cast to deliver and they do so effortlessly.

Losa and her father Kavana arrive in New Zealand with big hopes and dreams for their future. This is quickly dashed when they get jobs at a textile factory which is run by Mr Wilkinson, a crooked businessman and an overt racist. Losa and Kavana’s journey is conveyed through poignantly written and effectively arranged tunes teamed with some well-crafted choreography.

We also get to know the other factory workers along the way.

The strength of this production relies a lot on the ability of the cast to deliver and they do so effortlessly. The ensemble are extremely talented and well-rounded performers, each portraying their characters with great fervour all while delivering pitch perfect vocals. Milly Grant-Koria (Losa) and Ryan Bennett (Losa’s love interest) in particular deliver impressive vocal performances.

Occasionally the fast-paced nature of the numbers (and possibly the setup with the cordless mics) does result in the words getting drowned out which is a bit of a shame. This, however, is a tiny criticism for what is otherwise a superbly executed production.

The Factory is a vibrant and inspiring piece of musical theatre that at its core celebrates the soul of the Pacific. It is deeply moving, full of heart and an absolute joy to behold.

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A big-hearted musical with all the soul of the South Pacific. Promised a better life in New Zealand, Losa and her father arrive from Samoa harbouring big dreams but end up working in a textile factory run by an unscrupulous owner. Each time the factory bell rings she feels further away from home. All seems lost until a most unexpected ally brings the chance of hope and the possibility of love, changing her life forever. ‘This Pacific Les Mis tale of race and class is hugely leavened by romance, humour and funky 70s style’ (New Zealand Herald).

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