The Honeys. Image by Joel Devereux
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The Cultch Presents
Hot Brown Honey
DIRECTED BY LISA FA’ALAFI
MUSICAL DIRECTION BY KIM ‘BUSTY BEATZ’ BOWERS
Rise and Shine Motherlovers! Hot Brown Honey are back with THE REMIX! Everything you love about the smash hit show, with extra sweet treats of radical fierce love and joyous rage—Centrestage.
Steeped in the Word of The Mother and packing a punch of Hip Hop politics, Hot Brown Honey is an extraordinary production that spins tradition on its head, going above and beyond to challenge boundaries and embrace resilience. Equal parts theatrical masterpiece & social activism, a stellar posse of phenomenal World First Nations women smash stereotypes in an unapologetic celebration of our similarities & differences. So get ready to laugh until you cry, clap until your hands bleed, dance in the aisles and shake every part of what your mama gave you. It’s time to be the change we want to see.
Hot Brown Honey—The Remix
Fighting The Power Never Tasted So Sweet
Written by Kim “Busty Beatz” Bowers and Lisa Fa’alafi
Directed by Lisa Fa’alafi
Musical Direction by Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers
Technical Direction by Paul Lim
Produced by Quiet Riot
Executive Producer: Linda Catalano
In partnership with Kim “Busty Beatz” Bowers and Lisa Fa’alafi
Lisa Fa’alafi as The Game Changer
Hope Haami as Hope One The Beatboxer
Ghenoa Gela as The Ground Breaker
Alinta McGrady as Badass Mother
Lilikoi Kaos as The Wave Maker
Mayu Muto as The Gravity Defier
Busty Beatz as The Queen Bee
Featuring The Voices of:
Aunty Nancy Bamaga as The Mother
Rhianna Patrick in “The Privilege Test”
Matriarch Kim Kaos in “Aloha Oiii”
Original Composition/Sound Design:
Kim “Busty Beatz” Bowers
“The Fierce Awakens”: Hope Haami
“Praise to The Mother”: music composition by Victoria Falconer
“Badass Mother”: written by Alinta McGrady
Music composition: Jhindu-Pedro Lawrie and Luke Daniel Peacock
Produced by Marly Luske
Recorded at Alchemix Studio as a part of ‘Blakbeats’ program with QPAC 2019
Lisa Fa’alafi with the cast
Additional choreography in “The Privilege Test” by Samantha Williams
Additional choreography in “Pussay Tactics” by Mariah Pelesa
Lighting Design: Paul Lim
Set Design: Tristan Shelly
Touring Technical Management:
Company Manager: Colleen Sutherland
Production Manager: Richard Gorr
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Production Assistant: Liberty Gilbert
Based on the Original Concept & Script
“HOT BROWN HONEY BURLESQUE”
Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers, Lisa Fa’alafi and Candice Bowers
Thank you to all the Honeys that contributed to the journey:
Juanita Duncan aka The Truth Sayer / Ofa Fotu aka The Myth Slayer
Crystal Stacey aka The Peace Maker / Elena Wangurra aka The Truth Sayer
Cody Raymond aka The Shapeshifter / Kalala Sione aka The Love Liberator
Seini Taumoepeau / Heru Pinkosova / Sammie Williams / China Woo Allcock
Merlynn Tong / Ben Graetz / Alexis West
Cast & Company Bios
Samoan Australian Lisa Fa’alafi is a multidimensional artist and teine toa living and working on Yuggera and Turrbal country with 20 year’s experience as a performer, designer, dramaturg and director. The heart of her process makes space for indigenised feminine processes, pushing cultural and gender boundaries as well as Decolonising western theatrical spaces. Her work is visually stunning, highly entertaining, conceptual, political and uses theatre as an instrument to create change. Lisa is Co-Director of artist collective Polytoxic who have created platforms and landmark intersectional works recently commissioned by Brisbane Festival for two large scale works; Snapshot multimedia arial work 2020 and Matilda award nominated feminist work Demolition 2021. As an independent maker, Lisa’s work combines her ethos with a unique style of cultural analysis, experimentation with form and eye for design. From theatre direction and choreography, costume and set design, immersive interactive design and performance as well as her work as a speaker on diversity and intersectional feminism in theatre, Lisa has worked with numerous renowned artists and companies, including Rosanna Raymond’s SaVAge K’lub (APT GOMA), ATUA (National Gallery of Australia), Nick Cave: The Heard (GOMA), The Guilty Feminist, Babushka, Circa, The Art Engineers, Don’t Speak UK, The Treasury London, Bech and Phluxus2 Dance Collective. Her work has been seen at Sydney Festival, festivals in Noumea and Vanuatu, Darwin Festival, Brisbane Festival, Las Vegas Burlesque Hall of Fame, Dublin Fringe, Planet IndigenUs Canada and PS122’s COIL Festival NYC. Lisa is the Co-creator, Writer, Director, Designer, Choreographer and Performer for the international smash hit Hot Brown Honey, performing across six countries, the work has receiving massive popular and critical acclaim, winning the prestigious 2016 UK Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form, 2016 Greenroom Awards for Best Production and Best Design, 2017 Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer and 2018 Nominee for Best Touring Production for the UK Theatre Awards. Lisa continues to grow a cohort of incredible BIPOC creatives through the Hive City Legacy Project which first premiered a London show at Roundhouse 2018, touring 2019 and 2022 will see the creation of a new HCL show with Dublin Fringe Festival who have commissioned a new Irish hive. Today she is sought out for her skills as a director, dramaturg, mentor and is working with POC artists across Australia, the UK and Canada.
A killer Music Director, Composer, Sound Artist, Music Dramaturg and Performance Maker, Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers has been making fearless art to activate, pollinate and liberate for over 25 years. Of Xhosa heritage and living on Yuggera country, Kim creates sonic experiences intersecting disciplines, politics and soundlines with a focus on giving voice to stories which are unseen and unheard. Kim signed her first record deal at sixteen, performing, recording and touring with bands for over a decade – this era has been immortalised via her contribution to Sophie Howath’s Big Day Out book Peace, Love and Brown Rice and her place in the Women Who Rock photographic exhibition of the Melbourne Arts Centre. She is a composer for film, including Amar directed by Fatima Mawas, Love Bites directed by Jermaine D’Vauz (ABC/Screen Australia) and Lawrence Lim’s award-winning short Eleven. Composition and Sound Design for theatre credits include Belvoir Street Theatre, State Theatre Company of South Australia, Queensland Theatre, La Boite Theatre Company and London’s Roundhouse. Music Direction credits include East London West Sydney directed by Breakin’ Convention’s Jonzi D, Polytoxic’s The Rat Trap and she is resident MD for the internationally renowned, award-winning Briefs. This beat-making Mama is the Co-Creator, Writer, MD and Queen Bee of the international smash hit Hot Brown Honey. Kim creates across forms commissioned by London’s Wellcome Collection and The Sick of The Fringe for the 2017 installation We Are The Latest Models of Our Ancestry, and was invited to be a part of Barby Asante’s work Declaration of Independence for the 2018 Venice Biennale’s Diaspora Pavilion. She is currently making an album with Birri Gubba/Kungalu artist Ancestress and is creating the Soundtrack to The Hot Brown Honey Revolution. Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers is a sound visionary, defying genres and bringing her fierce empowerment to activate museums, galleries, theatres and public spaces, all while leading audiences onto dance floors across the globe.
Maori Artist Materhaere Hope ‘Hope One’ Haami is Australia and New Zealand’s most renowned female beatboxer. Based in Brisbane Queensland, she has toured the globe, placing 3rd in the women’s division at the World Beatboxing Championships in Germany. Hope One has performed with Tom Thum, Joel Turner & the Beatbox Alliance, T-Pain, Naughty by Nature, Eve, George Clinton, Michael Franti and The Wailers. She continues to work with young people from diverse backgrounds creating HopeOne’s School of Beatbox.
Mayu Muto is a circus/physical theatre performer based in Meanjin (Brisbane). She has been creating and performing as an independent artist, also with Casus Circus (Driftwood, Knee Deep, DNA), Polytoxic (Snapshot, Apocaliptick), GUSH, Wilde Applause Entertainment, Aerialicious Entertainment, SA circus and more. Monsteria by GUSH won Matilda Award Best Costume Design in 2017 and Best Circus and Physical Theatre Weekly awards at Adelaide Fringe in 2018. Her solo show Mutating Roots was presented in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne. Before discovering Circus, her creative outlet was dance. She performed extensively both in Japan and Europe prior to coming to Australia. Mayu discovered Circus at Vulcana Circus where it continues to be her circus and creative home. Mayu’s work is unconventional, drawing on experiences as a Japanese woman artist living away from her cultural home and integrating skills and knowledge from various training. Mayu is trained at Royal Antwerp Dance school in Belgium, Professional year(Dance) at Frankfurt University in Germany, Bachelor of Exercise Science at QUT.
Lilikoi Kaos is an international superstar, multi-award winning Australian/Hawaiian powerhouse. Surfing a dazzling wave of her own iconic, innovative, fierce and dynamic energy, Lilikoi Kaos has thrilled audiences around the world with her hip-shaking heart-breaking hula-hooping, incredible sideshow stunts, and mischievously cheeky wit. A creative cyclone on stage and screen she directs, performs, produces, designs, and teaches, her innovation across circus, cabaret, sideshow, and the visual arts embraces her Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian) heritage while pushing the cutting edge. From London to Las Vegas, Berlin to Buenos Aires, Lilikoi has MCʻd, created solo acts, collaborated, produced full shows, toured with celebrated productions and ensemble shows: Headlined The Miss Behave Gameshow on the Las Vegas Strip, Circus Oz (Aust & USA), La Soiree (London), La Clique (Edinburgh, London, Brighton), Strut and Fret (Aust) Finucane & Smith (Argentina & Aust), Circus London (Westend London). Lilikoi has directed and produced shows for London’s Roundhouse, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Melbourne Fringe, Theatreworks, Byron Bay Bluesfest, London Wonderground Southbank, Adelaide Fringe, and the Commonwealth Games.
A First Nations woman with her roots planted in Meanjiin, Alinta McGrady is a multi-disciplinary artist in music, dance and theatre. Performing at festivals and events such as Woodford Folk Festival, Yonder, Quandamooka Festival, Anywhere Theatre festival, Anti-social at the Zoo, Clancestry, Green Jam at QPAC, Meanjin Markets and more, she has also taken to the stage at Brisbane Powerhouse, QPAC, La’Boite Theatre, The Judith Wright Centre and Queensland Theatre for various Creative developments and seasons of work. With a love of creating Music and Theatre for Children, she has toured Regionally with Productions Stradbroke Dreamtime with Queensland Theatre, Have you Ever Heard a Wombat Sing a music theatre works written by herself, Waveney Yasso and Sue Rider and was an Artist in residency in 2020 with Powerkids: Little Artists At Play at the Brisbane Powerhouse working alongside Imaginary Theatre. She has also worked with the likes of Xavier Rudd and Blue King Brown as a Backing Vocalist and has toured nationally and internationally with Xavier Rudd & the United Nations for the Album tour of Nanna. March 2020 saw Alinta release her Debut Ep Red to airwaves and she is looking forward to continuing to spread her ‘hypnotic sound’ and weaving stories through her practice in the years to come.
Koedal (Crocodile) and Waumer (Frigate Bird) woman Ghenoa Gela is a strong Torres Strait Islander woman from Rockhampton, Central Queensland. Her background is in Torres Strait Island dance and since receiving a Diploma in Careers in Dance, she has been a Sydney based independent Performing Artist working across Dance, Circus, Television and Stage. Some credits include: Mura Buai – Everyone, Everyone, Choreographer/Co-Director with Artistic Director Danielle Micich; Nothing to Lose (Force Majeure), additional choreography with Kate Champion; #GenuaGela, Performer/ Choreographer/Director (Nula Nura Residency, Performance Space); Move it Mob Style, Choreographer & In Studio Host; Top 100, So You Think You Can Dance Australia 2014; Dance Site, Booraloola NT, Facilitator; The Piper (My Darling Patricia), Edinburgh Fringe 2015; Fragments of Malungoka – Women of the Sea (Keir Choreographic Award – winner 2016). Ghenoa’s arts practice is inspired by her family stories and her passion to share her Torres Strait Islander culture. She aspires to inspire.
Linda is an Independent Producer with Australian and international experience as a programmer, manager that spans both live performance and film and television. She is currently Creative Director/Executive Producer and founder of Quiet Riot Unlimited; a production house and agency dedicated to developing, presenting, programming and representing evocative, irreverent performance work. Community connection and professional development are a key part of her practise. Linda’s experience spans the UK, Nth America, Europe, Hong Kong and Australia where she has presented work in a range of venues including Southbank Centre London, Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne, SOHO Theatre, Roundhouse London, The Famous Spiegeltent, Underbelly Southbank Festival. Her experience also spans major festivals including Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Sydney International Festival, Brisbane International Festival, Women of the World and Glastonbury Festival to game a few. Linda has worked collaboratively with a range of artists including Hot Brown Honey, Briefs, Leah Shelton, Harry Clayton-Wright, Yana Alana, Marawa the Amazing, The Bombay Royale, Chelsea Wilson, The Wau Wau Sisters, Ali McGregor and many more.
Paul Lim uses this multi-faceted knowledge, plus a keen interest in emerging technologies, to provide integrated solutions in theatres, festivals and events around the world. To date, Paul’s lighting designs have been seen in Australia, UK, Ireland, Germany, France, USA, Canada, China, India and NZ. His recent work includes: Changes 變 and Siva for Black Grace Dance Company, Nirbhaya (directed by Yael Farber; recipient of Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award, Scotsman Fringe First, Herald Angel Award for Outstanding New Play; touring UK, India and North America), Fault Lines (directed by Sara Brodie and Le Shan Modern Dance Company), Briefs: The Second Coming (touring Australia, UK and Europe), Effie: The Virgin Bride for Frontier Mushroom and Struttin with some BBQ for Australian Art Orchestra. His extensive experience working with festivals includes Festival Lighting Designer for Melbourne Festival, Head of Lighting for Assembly at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and Head of Lighting for Auckland Arts Festival.
Colleen Sutherland is a costume maker, designer and styler from Perth, Australia. Colleen is a skilled costume maker with experience throughout all fields of costume, studying an Advanced Diploma of event production specialising in costume at West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Her clients include the West Australian Opera, West Australian Ballet company, Spareparts Puppet Theatre, Gelo, Fliptease, Lost and Found Opera Company, Barking Gecko Theatre Company, and Hot Brown Honey.
Image Damian Vincenzi.