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Purple Plastic Maori


Presented by Shalom Kaa

Gay Maori one was a Worrier

What do you do when you don’t want to be Maori or gay or Asian looking? You turn it into a cabaret of course!

From the sheep farms of rural NZ to Sydney, Melbourne and on to Darwin, singer/actor/comedian Shalom Kaa takes you on a musical, comical and poignant trip through artistic, cultural and sexual identity.

‘Growing up in the ’80s, I was Maori but was often called a ‘chink’, had the most Jewish name ever, I was clearly gay, my family were Jehovah’s Witnesses and my Dad loved telling tall stories. Life felt far from normal – I was a plastic Maori. But my parents were also musicians; music would be my saving grace’.

Shalom’s autobiographical cabaret won People’s Choice Award and Best Producer to a sell-out Darwin Fringe Festival season in 2019. Purple Plastic Maori has since enjoyed two seasons at Adelaide Fringe Festival to critical acclaim: ‘It all adds up to a highly rewarding night-out in the company of a cabaret artist whose skills are as impressive as their modesty is endearing,’ Anthony Vawser, Adelaide Theatre Guide.

Expertly weaving together comedy, song and storytelling, Purple Plastic Maori is a glitzy and gritty version of Shalom’s self-discovery and acceptance.

Prepare to sing along, laugh and cry. There may even be a war dance.



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Purple Plastic Maori Sat 27th Jul 20:30 STANDARD
$ 35.00
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    Cabaret, Comedy, Music



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    Arcana – Empress Theatre


    55 mins

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    Queensland Premiere


    Fixed raked seating - Wheelchair accessible - Step-free access - Assistance dogs are allowed in all areas of the venue - Accessible bathroom - Reserved accessible parking available - Please refer to the venue for more information regarding accessibility


    No Warnings

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    Doors Open

    Arrive 30-45 minutes before the show start time unless otherwise stated in the show description.

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    Licensed to serve alcohol. Food available.

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