Rutene Spooner


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Tēna tatou katoa!

For three years now Super Hughman has played audiences here at home, collecting rave reviews and picking up a few awards along the way. This year we're making our international debut in Scotland as part of Assembly Festival of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 - flash eh?

But we need your help! It's a long way from lil old Aotearoa and this is a big deal for our small company to accept this wero. We have been partly funded by Creative New Zealand (Ngā mihi CNZ!) but we still have a lot more to raise to cover some of the hard costs involved in traveling this show to the UK. Things like air fares, train fares, accomidation, rehearsal costs, marketing, GUITAR STRINGS, and flyers - heaps of them!  E hika mā, any koha will be gratefully received!


"Super Hugh-Man" is an award-winning* autobiographical solo cabaret by acclaimed Kiwi entertainer Rutene Spooner, a musical love letter to the great Wolverine and Broadway star, Hugh Jackman. 

Spooner takes us on his personal journey growing up as a young Māori boy in Gisborne, and the fateful events that lead to the discovery of his hero's secret identity. Stepping us through his implausible path to becoming a musical theatre performer - from high school kapa haka misfit to unexpected NASDA alumnus - we see the profound impact that Hugh plays in his life.

Embracing the qualities that both Hugh Jackman and Wolverine possess helps Spooner get through rough patches of feeling like an outsider wanting to fit into a world that he has no blueprint for. He comes to realise that it's OK to be a different kind of man - that he can be strong AND sensitive, he can haka AND high kick, be fierce AND fabulous. 

Directed by NZ theatre veteran Jennifer Ward-Lealand, "Super Hugh-Man" is a shamelessly charming and heartfelt story, intricately weaving together comedy, dance, kapa haka and song into a stunning show.

By sharing this work in Edinburugh and being a part of the largest Fringe festival in the world, we have the opportunity to show Super Hugh-Man to hundreds of people just like you who love to be part of something big, bold and beautiful. Edinburgh also offers us the chance to show the work to venues and festivals from around the world. 

Dig deep whānau ma, every bit counts.

Nei ka mhi, 

Te whānau whānui o Super HughMan. 


* "Excellence Award", 2017 Auckland Theatre Awards.

"...Spooner's autobiographical musical is deceptively complex. Honest, uplifting, stirring and hilarious..." - THEATREVIEW


"[Spooner's] earnestness and tenacity came pouring out as he shared the story of his very personal journey… unashamed, unabashed storytelling." - BACKSTAGE CHRISTCHURCH


"Haka and High Kicks... a fun, entertaining one-man variety show..." - PANTOGRAPH PUNCH 

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