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!
THE MĀORI BOYS MUSICAL ABOUT HIS HOLLYWOOD HERO - HUGH
"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
Dig deep whānau ma, every bit counts.
Nei ka mhi,
Te whānau whānui o Super HughMan.
* "Excellence Award", 2017 Auckland Theatre
"...Spooner's autobiographical musical is
deceptively complex. Honest, uplifting, stirring and hilarious..."
"[Spooner's] earnestness and tenacity came
pouring out as he shared the story of his very personal journey…
unashamed, unabashed storytelling." - BACKSTAGE
"Haka and High Kicks... a fun, entertaining
one-man variety show..." - PANTOGRAPH PUNCH