THE PACKERtheatre · newwayintheatre · Ages 18+ · flashing lights · 1hr ·
After sell out seasons in New Zealand, Australia and the Edinburgh Fringe, it’s L.A’s turn to be captivated by the critically acclaimed New Zealand play THE PACKER.
THE PACKER is an exhilarating roller coaster ride through a charged urban Pacific diversity that is Auckland, New Zealand. Told through the eyes of Shane, a factory packer still living with the gin-addled old lady, still rooting the ex girlfriend and still getting up to mischief with his best wigger mate whilst dreaming up hip hop fame. Shane has nothing to lose and everything to gain. The arrival of a new Pacific Niuean family that moves in next door throws Shane off his usual game. He‘s got the hots, HARD! He’s not the only one Bro! In one night, Shane will discover the emotional ties that bind him to his world can also destroy him.
Set in West Auckland, THE PACKER transcends location and showcases the contemporary world where cultures blend, racial intolerance comes to the forefront and insecurities are exploited with humor and heart.
Full of twists and turns, queers and queens, westies and wannabes, this show returns theatre to what it was always meant to be. Refreshing, stimulating, innovative and captivating. A dynamic script, thrilling solo performance and tight direction combine to make THE PACKER one of the must-see show’s in the Hollywood Fringe!
Writer: Dianna Fuemana
Director: Jeremy Lindsay Taylor
Actor: Jay Ryan
Music: Josh Tilsly
Design: Hamish Stirrat
“An absolute knockout of a show…
Sharp, frenetic and jaw-achingly funny”
-The Melbourne Times, Australia
-The List, Edinburgh Fringe
“In the hands of the astonishingly diverse Jay Ryan,
this is one of the best nights in theatre”
-Sydney Arts Journo
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