Sons for the Road


In February 2004 a group of actors from South Auckland took up the invitation to stage their popular show, The Sons of Charlie Paora, at London’s Royal Court Theatre – a first ever for any New Zealand play.  Sons for the Road follows the cast and crew of Massive Company as they tour their play to London and cross the channel to Paris to meet the irreverent and brilliant Philippe Gaulier, theatre guru and mentor to them all.

Massive had enlisted Lennie James, a streetwise UK writer and actor (Cold Feet, 24 Hour Party People, Snatch) to write their play. He based it on real events in the actors’ lives, events that included a stretch in jail for cast member Max Palamo. He is their London contact and he has rushed back from a film shoot in the Sahara to be there for opening night.

Our guide for the tour is Joe Folau, an Otara boy. He’s the family man of the cast.  He’s also the funny man, the raconteur of the group, and a long time member of Massive Company. But the Sonsactors are more than just innocents abroad. There’s the serious business of putting a play on in one of the most prestigious theatres in the world, there are the challenges of the demanding London Press and their reviews, the London weather – and also of sampling Peter Gordon’s unique “fusion” cuisine.



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Production Details

Producer: Philippa Mossman

Thanks to: Massive Company, Royal Court Theatre, Lennie James

Exec producer: Tony Manson

Network exec: Philippa Mossman

Director: Jim Marbrook

Researcher: Jim Marbrook

Online Editor: Daniel Habedank

Offline Editor: Margaret Kelly

Audio Post: Simon Shazell

Production manager: Kate Cresswell

Production coordinator: Bronwyn Bezuidenhout

Camera: Jim Marbrook, Craig Herd, Guillaume Michel

Sound: Andrew Kindley-James, Markus Rapp, Gilles Aristizabal

Narrator: Joe Folau

Production accountant: Liz Goddard

Financial controller: Glenda Paterson

Funded by: TVNZ