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Much-Loved Auckland Theatre Company Show Hits The Road
12th August, 2013

From the bros of Bro' Town and Naked Samoans Oscar Kightley and Dave Armstrong, comes Niu Sila, a comedy about a friendship that spans 40 years, two cultures…and one street. In 1960s Ponsonby, six-year-old Ioane Tafioka - fresh off the boat - moves in next door to Peter Burton and their lives are changed forever.

The two performers, Fasitua Amosa and David Van Horn, create a world peopled with parents, brothers and sisters, teachers, policemen, a minister and the local Indian cricket team.

Auckland Theatre Company also staged co-writer Dave Armstrong’s award-winning adaptation of Sia Figiel's Where We Once Belonged in 2008 and his acclaimed comedies The Tutor in 2007, Le Sud in 2010 and The Motor Camp in 2012.

Co-writer Oscar Kightley MNZM has brought his writing and performing talents to New Zealand theatre, television and the big screen. A 2006 Laureate Award winner and Qantas award-winning journalist, Oscar co-founded Pacific Underground and the Island Players theatre company which has produced critically acclaimed work. He is also one of the Naked Samoans, who've taken their anarchic brand of comedy around the country and overseas.

Niu Sila Director Ben Crowder is a co-founder and director of Auckland’s independent company Theatre Stampede. His productions are well known for their theatricality, bold physicality and visual flair. In 2009 Ben directed Sit on It for Auckland Theatre Company’s Young and Hungry Festival. His first ATC main bill production was Well Hung in 2010 and he co-directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2012.

Niu Sila is a must-see heartfelt experience, filled with laughter and compassion.

It sold out in Auckland Theatre Company’s 2005 season and won a Chapman Tripp Award for Best New New Zealand Play.

For more information, interviews and images please contact Sam.Broadbent@hcc.govt.nz