Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland

26/05/2015 - 30/05/2015

Production Details


Exploring cultural appropriation through the comedic lens of Donna-Rose and Karla, THE BEST POSSIBLE ALBUM PARTY THAT ANYBODY HAS EVER BEEN TO is a concert bonanza like no other. Featuring the talented Frith Horan and Kate McGill as all-singing, all-dancing divas, The Best Possible Album Party runs from 26-30 May at The Basement Theatre. Boom!

Hola a todos! Come to the party. Be the first to experience the debut album KRYSTOPIA – a plethora of Latin and Hip Hop inspired sound.

Have you ever wanted to reinvent yourself? Taken on the mannerisms of someone else because it made you feel sexier, riskier, more confident? What if J-Lo performed at St Lukes Mall? If Ariana Grande was getting down at Cassette 9?

Well, imagine that but in the VIP room at the Basement, all night long… Except it’s only one hour.

The Best Possible Album Party That Anybody Has Ever Been To is a comedy peppered with original songs, sketches and outrageous dance routines – examining pop culture and who we try to be when faced with an audience. The Best Possible Album Party is a chance to use the function of a party to host a show. So get ready to be part of something truly immersive.

Frith Horan (Munted, Robin Goblin) and Kate McGill (Red Leap Theatre, Tectonic Theater Project, New York) buddy up to play the two Latina Divas. Both graduates of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School’s acting programme, they are joined by fellow graduates Holly Chappell (Two Productions), directing, and Adrian Hooke, musical director. Working alongside them is music producer Oswell Didsbury and lighting designer Rachel Marlow (Silo Theatre, Auckland Theatre Company, NRB New Zealand Opera).

You’re invited to crash/buy a ticket to and enjoy the album party of the year.

Donna-Rose feat. Karla are about to launch KRYSTOPIA in Auckland, and they’re not nervous. They’re ready to give you an experience. A night out to end all night outs. Or at least this one…

Bailar. Sing. Acto. Let’s do this Auckland!

Venue: The Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland City
Tickets: $18-$20 or book a group of 5 for $12.50 per ticket!
Bookings: // 09 361 1000

Kate McGill as Karla
Frith Horan as Donna Rose 

Music Producer - Oswell Didsbury
Lighting Designer - Rachel Marlow
Alexis Williams - Assistant Producer

For Realness

Review by James Wenley 28th May 2015

I don’t think I’ve ever been to any album release parties before, but if I do in the future, I don’t see how they could top The Best Possible Album Party Anybody Has Ever Been To

Donna Rose (Frith Horan) and Carla (Kate McGill) have risen from the slums of Columbia to international pop super-stardom. There must have been a clash at the Vector, because here they are at The Basement Studio for one night only (make that till the end of the week) to launch their genre-blending pop-hip-hop-electronic-R&B album Krystopia. [More]


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More than just hilarious stereotype humour and virtuoso musical parody

Review by Nik Smythe 27th May 2015

For a good couple of decades now we’ve been exposed to the sensual shake and swagger of Latina hip-hop artistes in mainstream musical culture.  I hardly claim to be an aficionado on the art-form but the glamorously brazen imagery is unmistakable, as are the raunchy beats and soulful, forthright vocals. 

Childhood bffs-cum-hip-hop divas Donna Rose (Frith Horan in a close fitting short leopard-print dress and glam heels) and Karla (Kate McGill in a blue Adidas tracksuit and gold hi-top chucks) have just flown into Auckland on Jetstar First Class, to promote their debut album KRYSTOPIA. 

They are flanked by a handful of sassy young dancers: Alexandra Millar, Michelle Schneideman, Savannah Poynter, Gabrielle Wilson, Vanessa Vorpahl; every one a bombshell in their midriff-flaunting tanktops and come-hither eye make-up.  With swaggering moves choreographed by Horan they tirelessly strut and gyrate thru most of the album’s seven tracks. 

Along with the assertively performed musical compositions, produced by Adrian Hooke and Oswell Didsbury, the headline duo dial it back for some more intimate sharing, including their first meeting at the age of five and a suspiciously familiar sounding anecdote from the time Karla was employed as a hotel chambermaid. 

Rachel Marlow’s lighting design credibly supports the central ghetto-glam thematic style, particularly the opening shadowplay of the dancers silhouetted behind a backlit sail-curtain stretching the entire wide, shallow Basement Studio stage.  There’s a real sense that, given a budget to match J-Lo, this crew has all the potential makings of a world-class act to rival the best of them. 

But there’s actually even more to this package than just hilarious stereotype humour and virtuoso musical parody; there’s also food for thought in the form of a discussion about cultural exploitation and celebrity authenticity, encouraged by the artistes themselves in the programme notes.

I confess if there’s a reference to be got in the album’s title, it’s lost on me.  In any event, KRYSTOPIA CDs are available for sale at the box office, with half of all proceedings going to the Nepal relief fund.


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