Fa­ther’s story seals Fringe spot

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JESS ETHERIDGE

An im­mi­grant’s ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing in a mat­tress fac­tory in 1970s New Zealand has earned his son an in­vi­ta­tion to the renowned Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fes­ti­val.

Writer-di­rec­tor of stage show The Fac­tory Vela Manusaute will travel to the Scot­tish fes­ti­val in Au­gust with the cre­ators of the show, Kila Kokonut Krew, mu­si­cians and a 24-strong cast.

They’re re­hears­ing at their One­hunga base in the lead-up to three shows at Manukau’s Voda­fone Events Cen­tre next month.

The Fac­tory tells the story of Samoan mi­grants who ar­rive in ‘‘the land of milk and honey’’ and two young­sters who fall in love.

Many new­com­ers worked in fac­to­ries and ex­pe­ri­enced the po­lice dawn raids where those in the coun­try il­le­gally were ar­rested.

Manusaute’s fa­ther Saute, also known as Sam, worked at a Pon­sonby mat­tress fac­tory on Franklin Rd in 1977.

It was his fa­ther’s story that in­spired the stage show, Manusaute says.

Now the group fundrais­ing to get it Scot­land.

At one re­cent fundraiser, the grand­daugh­ter of the owner of the mat­tress fac­tory was present.

The pair shared mem­o­ries and she made a do­na­tion to their trip.

Saute died nine years ago, so the show is Manu- is to saute’s way of a trib­ute.

Kila Kokonut Krew was founded in 2002 and has re­ceived crit­i­cal ac­claim for The Fac­tory, leading to them be­ing in­vited to the fringe fes­ti­val.

Eller­slie pro­ducer Wil­liam McKegg says the cost to get ev­ery­one to Scot­land is in the tens of thou­sands.

Go to tinyurl.com/Kila KokonutKrewFB to fol­low their jour­ney.

Photo: JESS ETHERIDGE

Mak­ing tracks: Writer-di­rec­tor of The Fac­tory, Vela Manusaute will be head­ing to the Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fes­ti­val with the cast and crew.

Go to cen­tral­leader.co.nz and click Lat­est Edi­tion to watch high­lights of The Fac­tory.

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