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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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