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KKK returns to roots, then heads to Scotland via Aus

Kila Kokonut Krew’s The Factory will return to the stage to play the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August. The show will be one of eight NZ productions at the festival.

The Edinburgh Festival is actually 12 separate events. The Fringe is the world’s largest festival, claiming over 1.8 million ticket sales for events running across 279 venues in 2012. Presumably, they haven’t finished counting 2013’s haul yet.

Last year, The Factory was adapted into a webseries by Michael Bennett with support from NZ On Air’s Digital Media Fund and Telecom.

Vela Manusaute and Anapela Polataivao (Night Shift) directed the first outing of The Factory from Manausaute’s script in 2011. Ahead of its trip to Edinburgh this August, it will tour in Australia.

Anapela Polataivo in The Factory

Anapela Polataivo in The Factory

New Zealand’s first-ever Pacific musical, The Factory, is a vibrant, funk-fuelled and entirely unique exploration of the Samoan migrant experience. Opening with a powerful call to ancestral roots delivered by the cast, em>The Factory is a moving, heart-felt story filled with music, song and dance.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs 1-25 August. The webseries can be enjoyed here.