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The Naked Samoans Do Magic

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For immediate release

World premiere
The Naked Samoans Do Magic
By The Conch and The Naked Samoans

DATES: 22-25 March, 2017
LOCATION: The Civic


The treasured comedy troupe and incredible talent behind Bro’Town and Sione’s Wedding, The Naked Samoans, are joining forces with Auckland Arts Festival and the legendary creators of The White Guitar, The Conch, to present The Naked Samoans Do Magic, a hilarious and spell-binding new show playing at The Civic 22-25 March.

After the death of a mysterious fan, the guys discover they are the inheritors of the keys to a rambling dilapidated villa in Ponsonby. With Auckland house prices skyrocketing and money to be made, the boys gather to sell it off and get on with their lives. But the house and who has left it to them are not what they seem

Imbued with the spirit of magic, the house and what it contains will lead the boys to face their biggest challenge yet. Will they pull a rabbit out of the hat, or just think "Nah it’s too much trouble."?

The Naked Samoans have been called “a national treasure.” Since their first stage show in 1998, The Naked Samoans have taken their brand of anarchic social satire and comedy into the hearts and living rooms of kiwis across the country. Teaming up with The Conch’s Nina Nawalowalo and Tom McCrory, The Naked Samoans will finally get to unleash on the boards again. And they’re only getting older, so it could be their last ever show.

Individually, the performers’ screen footprint is vast and includes 800 Words, Outrageous Fortune, Harry and Wentworth among many others. Through it all, though, The Naked Samoans’ first love has been performing together on stage.

Internationally acclaimed theatre directors and co-founders of Wellington based Theatre Company, The Conch, Nina Nawalowalo and Tom McCrory have created a platform for the telling of Pacific stories across the globe.

From ground-breaking Vula which toured for seven years, including a three-week season at the Sydney Opera House and a sold out season at London’s Barbican Centre, to works Masi and Marama, The Conch are renowned for their powerful visual and magical storytelling. Their most recent show, The White Guitar, is the uplifting story of The Luafutu Family, featuring renowned hip hop artist Scribe. The sold-out show was lauded by critics and described as “a seminal moment in New Zealand theatre history.”

The Naked Samoans Do Magic will play 22 to 25 March at The Civic.

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SEASON DETAILS

SHOW The Naked Samoans Do Magic
By The Conch and The Naked Samoans
DATES Thursday 22 March 7.00pm - PREVIEW
Friday 23 March 7.00pm
Saturday 24 March 2.00pm and 7.00pm
Sunday 25 March 1.00pm and 6.00pm
CAST David Fane, Oscar Kightley, Mario Gaoa, Shimpal Lelisi, Robbie Magasiva, Heto Ah hi
TICKETS Premium $69
Premium (Preview) $59
A Res / Conc $59/$53
A Res / Conc (Preview) $49 / $43
B Res / Conc $49 / $43
B Res / Conc (Preview) $39/ $33
C Res $29
C Res (Preview) $19
LOCATION The Civic, cnr Wellesley and Queen Sts, Auckland
BOOKINGS www.aaf.co.nz
or
ticketmaster.co.nz | 09 951 2501
DURATION 1hr 15mins no interval
IMPORTANT INFO Recommended for ages 12+
Contains strong language and adult themes.
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ABOUT THE AAF Taking place annually in March, the Auckland Arts Festival is a globally recognised event that celebrates people and culture, and showcases the unrivalled location, cultural diversity and vibrant energy of New Zealand’s largest city.

Over 1.8 million people have attended the event to date.

Auckland Arts Festival is administered by the Auckland Festival Trust. Trustees are John Judge (Chair), Rick Carlyon, Angela Clatworthy, Evan Davies, Sarah Judkins, Tarun Kanji, Margaret Kāwharu MNZM, Jim Moser, Ben Taufua and Fred Ward.

The executive team includes Chief Executive David Inns and Artistic Director Jonathan Bielski.

The Trust receives core funding from Auckland Council through the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Act, and Creative New Zealand through the Toi Tōtara Haemata programme.

Significant support for AAF 2018 is received from Foundation North, Pub Charity, NZ Community Trust and The Lion Foundation.

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