As summer nears, our friends at Silo Theatre and a staggering line-up of remarkable wāhine will assemble in the Q Theatre's Rangatira to bring to life David Byrne (Talking Heads') and Fatboy Slim's (90s Dance King) concept album Here Lies Love. The original album about the life of the former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos featured an array of incredible vocalists, including Cyndi Lauper, Sia, Florence Welch, Tori Amos and many more.
Evoking the heady days of the infamous Studio 54, Aotearoa’s fiercest divas will bring this pulsing, irresistible album to life.
Meet the cast!
Jennifer Ward-Lealand - Queen of the stage, Jennifer Ward-Lealand is no to stranger to Q and is even one of our Patrons. In the 2007 she was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to theatre and the community. Jennifer is currently starring in the new NZ movie, Vermilion, playing throughout the country to rave reviews.
Ria Hall - With the release of her debut self-titled EP, Ria Hall has become a blazing female force on the NZ music scene. Winning multiple awards and critical acclaim, her sound fuses furious hip-hop beats and richly layered vocals in English and Te Reo Māori, creating an epic soundscape that embraces and challenges multiple genres. Ria, along with co-writers Tiki Taane and Te Ori Paki, took this year’s APRA Maioha Award at the Silver Scrolls for the song ‘Te Ahi Kai Pō’.
Colleen Davis - Classic ‘triple-threat’, you may have seen her in Auckland Theatre Company's Chicago or Jesus Christ Superstar or the smash hit Daffodils. Davis also performs as Coco Davis releasing her ‘Old Haunts’ EP in May.
Villette - Having just released her debut single with an EP on the way, Villette is a one woman band - from singing, producing & DJ’ing to song writing. Born & raised in New Zealand, Villette’s sound is a mix of RNB, Hip Hop & Electronic Soul. Villette has been handpicked to open for acts/labels like Stonesthrow Records, MNDSGN, J-Rocc, Egyptian Love,Peanut Butter Wolf, Soulection (sosupersam, Lakim & Jarreau Vandal), Flako, Hucci & most recently Aluna George to name a few. Her production & vocals has taken her on a NZ & US tour, and traveling around Australia and NZ.
Sarah Nessia - Sarah performs in venues around Auckland in a duo band, The Relative Major, with her sister, Hayley. An actor, singer and musician she's done it all. Comedy, dance, musical composition and sketch art, and this is her Rangatira debut.
Tickets now available here.