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Comedy Show Thrown In Chaos By Peters Affair

Comedy Show Thrown In Chaos By Winston Peters Affair

The twists and turns of the Winston Peter’s affair are creating headaches for the comedy show The Stadium that opens at the Wellington Performing Arts Centre Friday 12th September.

The show is satirical comedy about Auckland’s ham-fisted attempts to prepare for the 2011 Rugby World Cup and Winston Peters plays a key role in the drama as he uncovers a massive conspiracy to have the hosting rights for the World Cup transferred to Australia.

Over the last two weeks as the Winston Peters affair has unfolded the show’s writer has had to constantly re-draft the script. In the original version Peters was portrayed as the triumphant Minister of Foreign Affairs, negotiating free trade deals and jet-setting with Condoleezza Rice. When Peters lost his Ministerial portfolios the part had to be drastically re-written and recent speculation that Peters may be re-instated has the show’s writer and actors on stand-by for yet another draft.

The current version sees Winston Peters going on the attack and making some shocking allegations about the motivations of his accuser. The text of this speech is attached above.

The show’s producers have invited Winston Peters and other politicians to attend the opening and believe the show could provide the embattled Peters with some much need light relief.

Hold onto your handbags !!!
The smash hit of the Auckland Comedy Fest 08
is coming to Wellington


12 -15 September
Fri / Sat / Sun / Mon 8:00pm $12 / $8

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Tana Umaga is on a mission - the Aussies are stealing the Rugby World Cup and we need a new kind of Kiwi hero

Don’t miss this unique show in which Samoan clowning meets classical Greek comedy.


Canada Alofa
Fale aitu maestro from the world famous Brownies.

Aleni Tufuga
Wowed audiences with his electrifying performance in Lena

Sam Iosefo
Renowned DJ

PRODUCER: Justine Simei-Barton - Pacific Theatre founder

DIRECTOR: Sefa Enari - Renowned Pacific dance expert

SCRIPT: Paul Simei-Barton - NZ Herald Theatre critic

The Stadium is a free-wheeling re-write of The Frogs by Aristophanes – a play that was first performed in 405BC when the Athenians were desperately searching for an inspirational leader who could save them from defeat at the hands of the Spartans.

The bizarre combination of Samoan clowning and classical Greek comedy creates a unique comedy style with outrageous impersonations of well known figures, a wildly improbable storyline and crude, bawdy humour that encourages interaction with the audience.

The performers take on a bewildering variety of roles with hilarious impersonations of Tana Umaga (and that handbag), Anton Oliver, Helen Clark, Sue Bradford, Winstone Peters, John Banks, Gordon Ramsey and many many more

The story opens with Helen Clark calling a Reconciliation Conference to try to stop the bitching about who is going to pay for the World Cup stadium. But when Winstone Peters reveals a massive conspiracy to have the World Cup transferred to Australia its all too much for Tana Umaga who suddenly goes berserk and attacks the conference delegates with Helen Clark’s hand bag.

In the aftermath Tana teams up with Anton Oliver and TV impresario Julie Christie - together they initiate a search for a hero who can inspire Kiwis to beat off the Aussie threat. As in the Aristophanes classic none of our living heroes are up the challenge and Tana and Anton are forced to descend to the Underworld to bring back a dead Kiwi who can inspire and the city in their hour of need.

In the Underworld we see the ultimate reality TV game show as great New Zealand heroes like, Barry Crump, Ernest Rutherford, James K Baxter, David Lange, Katherine Mansfield, Te Rauparaha, Muldoon, Billy T James and Pharlap square off in a series of competitions that include Survivor type team challenges and a cooking contest hosted by Gordon Ramsey.


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