Following a recent five-star season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the sold-out festival sensation Hot Brown Honey makes its Arts Centre Melbourne premiere from 6 to 11 December 2016 in a season of fiery, stereotype-smashing political cabaret.
Hot Brown Honey has shocked and delighted audiences at the Edinburgh Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Opera House, Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Brisbane Festival over the past year. It’s fiery, fun, stereotype-smashing Australian cabaret produced by the internationally renowned Briefs Factory and featuring a bevy of powerful and talented First Nations women from Aboriginal Australian, Samoan, Tongan, Maori, Indonesian and South African backgrounds.
Packing a potent punch with hip hop politics, the Honeys will make you laugh until you cry, clap until your hands bleed and shake every part of what your mama gave you. This posse of phenomenal women smash stereotypes, remix the system and dare to celebrate our similarities and differences.
With set, music, costume and a lighting design by Paul Lim to rival Beyoncé at Madison Square Garden, this show is guaranteed to get you on your feet! Serving up an audacious platter of dance, poetry, comedy, circus, striptease and song, Hot Brown Honey is unapologetically fierce – defiantly shattering clichés in an explosion of colour, culture and controversy.
The performance was conceived by Samoan Australian Lisa Fa’alafi and South African-Australian Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers and is produced by Briefs Factory. Hot Brown Honey also won a Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form in Edinburgh.
“It’s plain knowledge that there are limited platforms in the arts for people of colour, let alone women of colour. So we made our own platform, to tell our stories, to create a space where we stand centre stage,” says Director Lisa Fa’alafi.
“We really do believe ‘You cannot be what you cannot see’, so we are just doing it; we are putting more brown faces on stage and in the process shining a light on all the talented Hot Brown Honeys around Australia doing amazing work. Because let’s be honest, there are plenty of women out there they just need to see the pathways where they too can shine.”
“…brilliant mashup of music, dance and burlesque…challenging your perceptions of gender, colour and privilege.” – Rip It Up
Hot Brown Honey
Fairfax Studio – Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne
Season: 6 – 11 December 2016
Information and Bookings: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au
Image: Hot Brown Honey (supplied)