Hot Brown Honey review

The women of Hot Brown Honey have boldly, provocatively and very loudly landed in Auckland as part of Auckland Pride Festival.

This cabaret show featuring big beats, dance numbers, circus tricks, DJing, beat boxing and some mighty vocals is like no other. This fierce feminist scream at the patriarchy and colonialism from these Austrailian based performers is funny, entertaining and ultimately empowering.

The stage of the ASB Theatre is transformed to become a cabaret bar complete with cocktails and black-clothed tables.

Stood above her own hive, MC, poet and DJ for the night Busty Beatz proclaims ‘F*&K the patriarchy’ from the get go. Her rousing speech ensures we all ‘make noise’ and become emerged in her world of smashing stereotypes, racism and the damage of colonialism. The multitalented cast; Lisa Fa’alafi, Ofa Fotu, Matehaere Hope ‘Hope One’ Haami, Ghenoa Gela and Crystal Stacey, depict strength, beauty, anger, fun audience interactions, athleticism and powerful vocals to pull together a banger of a show.

As well as being comedic they also tackle a domestic violence in an uncomfortably confronting and emotive acrobatic piece.

The show will be a guaranteed crowd-pleaser at this year’s pride festival so go along and make some noise with these queen bees of feminist cabaret.

Hot Brown Honey is on at ASB Theatre until 18 February. 

Reviewed by Ingrid Grenar.