Purple Onion peeps into the world of Wellington’s infamous burlesque parlour, the Purple Onion. Established in the mid 1960s, the Purple Onion was Wellington’s premiere strip club which attracted some of New Zealand’s social elite as well as its fair share of dubious characters.
Inspired by both the stories of Pasi Daniels, the original owner of Purple Onion nightclub; and Carmen: My Life: As told to Paul Martin.
Purple Onion acknowledges the significant historical contributions of the lesbian, gay, trans and queer communities to the Purple Onion as well as the social night life of Wellington City during the 1960s and 70s.
A vital period in New Zealand history with the mass migration of Pacific Islanders coming into the New Zealand workforce. With Carmen Rupe – also the first transgender mayoral candidate in Aotearoa – Purple Onion aims to showcase the multifaceted, diverse and vibrant history of Wellington and New Zealand.
Combining text, dance and a live funk band, Purple Onion is a move towards the innovation of theatre arts Pacific practitioners are well known for in New Zealand and overseas.
“Sensual submission laced with live funk, explosive dancing and intoxicating melodies. Peep into the world of Wellington’s infamous 1970s strip club, the Purple Onion”
Written & Directed by: Tupe Lualua. Produced by: Le Moana.
WELLINGTON SEASON | PUBLIC PERFORMANCES | HANNAH PLAYHOUSE
FRI 17 JUNE – SAT 17 JUNE 2017
Whitireia, Toi Whakaari, NZ School of Dance and Victoria Uni students can buy tickets for $12.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Produced by Creative NZ, Pātaka Art & Museum, Whitireia NZ.