Te Raukura ki Kāpiti Theatre, Coastlands, 32 Raumati Rd, Raumati

15/09/2022 - 17/09/2022

Production Details

Written by April Phillips
Music & Lyrics by Andrew London
Directed by Fingal Pollock

Produced by LTAM Partnershi

A unique new Kiwi musical comedy 

With witty dialogue, colourful characters, infectious music and the irrepressible

Andrew London front and centre 

There’s no GPS to navigate your way through a midlife crisis, so when guitar-playing Darryl Newman’s wife demands that he “get a haircut and get a real job”, what’s a Kiwi bloke to do but ask for directions!

Playwright April Phillips (STiFF, Death & Taxe$, Motel) and Kāpiti-based singer/songwriter Andrew London are old friends and have been collaborating at music festivals and on stage shows for decades. In addition to her popular comedies, April’s been writing jukebox musicals and tribute shows using other people’s songs. Over coffee early in 2020, they had a lightbulb moment and realised that April should write a musical play using Andrew’s original songs, which are comedic, satirical, poignant, topical and uniquely reflective of Kiwi culture. They both agreed the songs lend themselves quite naturally to an engaging story and a range of comic characters. When the 2020 Covid lockdown occurred and the entertainment industry ground to a halt literally overnight, the enforced downtime furnished an ideal opportunity for these two creative talents to collaborate and write that musical.

Reviewers of London’s lyrical skills have made comparisons to John Clarke (who confessed to being a fan), Tim Minchin, and Flight of the Conchords. According to Downbeat USA magazine his songs ‘lured listeners in with eccentric edges and devilishly clever wordplay’.

The LTAM Partnership, supported by Creative New Zealand, are excited to gift the World Premiere of the show to Kāpiti where Andrew, actor Tracey Savage, and co-producer Wayne Mills are based and as a thank you for the support from local individuals and businesses during their successful crowd funding. And what a venue – the stunning new Te Raukura ki Kāpiti for four performances only. They will then take the show to other centres.

Te Raukura ki Kāpiti, Coastlands Theatre, 32 Raumati Rd, Paraparaumu
Gala Opening: 15th September 2022, 7pm,
16th, 17th September, 7.30pm
17th September, 2pm Matinee
Tickets at https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2021/lets-talk-about-me/paraparaumu

Andrew London 
April Phillips
Tracey Savage
Jeremy Nelson
Austin Harrison
Greg Crayford

Nick Granville
Kirsten London
Greg Crayford
Michael Crawford

Writer: April Phillips
Music & Lyrics: Andrew London
Director: Fingal Pollock
Producer: LTAM Partnership
Designer: Anne-Lisa Noordover
Musical Director: Nick Granville

Stage Manager: Austin Harrison
Photography: Simon Woolf
Business Manager: Wayne Mills
Technician: Bethany Miller 
Sound Technician: Matt Chapman 
Lighting Designer: Chris Collie-Holmes
Sound Designer: Jason Wright

Theatre: Te Raukura ki Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre 
Theatre Admin: Sonia Hardie 

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Wellingon City Council
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