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Saturday 10 October 2015

Preview: Hudson & Halls Live!

Posted in: Performance
By Daily News staff - 7th October 2015

And we’re live! The oven’s caught fire, David is drinking and Peter has bad news. In a mid-eighties television studio, two of New Zealand’s most authentic stars are about to cook the most important meal of their lives. It’s the Christmas special and they’re up to their eyeballs in turkey stuffing and melting cream castles.

Photo: Andi Crown

Silo Theatre is wrapping up for the year, but not without one last spectacular world premiere production to keep you content over the Christmas break, Silo presents; Hudson & Halls Live!

Get a glimpse into the remarkable journey and outrageous behaviour of Peter Hudson and David Halls - two iconic TV chefs and New Zealand’s original great gay love story.

Inspired by their life and career together, the show is full of complex contradictions, rum fuelled showdowns, and some very questionable cooking.

Theatrical daredevil and one of the talents behind the show, Kip Chapman says this is a story well overdue to be told. “I never knew Hudson & Halls but I grew up in a world they were fighting against. The world of dullness, conservatism, order, politeness and tradition. They were a thunderbolt of life beaming into every living room in the country – brazenly exposing their whole selves to a public completely unused to big personalities.”

This is set to be out of the ordinary, an experience in itself transporting the audience back to the 1980’s and cast as a studio audience for the night.

Director and co-writer Kip Chapman is a powerhouse of ingenuity and productivity who has created some exceptional theatre with immersion and a sense of fun at its heart. His most successful work to date – Apollo 13: Mission Control has toured extensively nationally and internationally to great acclaim.

Actors Todd Emerson, Chris Parker and Jackie van Beek, who have all been involved in the writing and development of this new play, bring skills to the work that Chapman says ‘would have been incredibly hard to stage without.’

This is one show you don’t want to miss!

For more information and bookings, visit

Auckland Live’s Herald Theatre from November 5 –December 5. Daily News staff - 7th October 2015

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