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HOT Brown Honey has been busy pol­li­nat­ing the world over the past year from New Zealand to Canada and now this fab­u­lously fierce all-fe­male cast of First Na­tions women have landed at Fringe World.

Di­rec­tor and co-cre­ator Lisa Fa’alafi, aka The GameChanger, said their show was a call to make noise and take down the sys­tem wrapped up in a bow with phat beats, colour, cul­ture and con­tro­versy.

“It’s a fast-paced roller­coaster ride that will have you laugh­ing ‘til you cry and shak­ing all that ya mama gave you,” Fa’alafi said.

“It’s genre-de­fy­ing, po­lit­i­cal the­atre you never thought could be so fun or a cabaret you never thought could make you cry.

“HBH is about to set fire to the sys­tem and trust us when we say the revo­lu­tion will not hap­pen with­out danc­ing.”

Fa’alafi, whose fa­ther is Samoan and mother has English/Ger­man de­scent, was born in New Zealand be­fore her fam­ily moved to Bris­bane, where she grew up with her cousin Fez Faanana, the cre­ative di­rec­tor and host of Hot Brown Honey WHAT: Hot Brown Honey WHERE: Teatro, The Plea­sure Gar­den WHEN: Fe­bru­ary 8 to 25 TICK­ETS: www.fringe­world.

Fringe World favourite Briefs.

“Briefs are our broth­ers from other moth­ers, our su­per­hero coun­ter­parts… it’s like be­ing part of fam­ily and for some of us we lit­er­ally are fam­ily,” Fa’alafi said.

“Fez and I grew up to­gether, we made work to­gether for over 10 years prior to Briefs and now he di­rects the boys and I di­rect the girls.”

Hot Brown Honey has been in the mak­ing for 20 years as Fa’alafi and co-cre­ator Kim Bow­ers, aka Busty Beatz, toured to­gether work­ing in re­mote in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties in their 20s and 30s.

“Fast for­ward to 2012 and HBH was birthed, started by Busty, her sis­ter Candy and my­self as an un­der­ground move­ment,” she said.

“Some say art has the ca­pac­ity to make change in the world, to shift cul­ture, so for us, this is our call – to dance, to shout, to laugh, to cry, to rise up and trans­form cur­rent con­ver­sa­tions.”

Tanya MacNaughton

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