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FRINGEWORLD 2019: Talofa Papa | 4 Stars

Review | Laura Money

 Talofa everyone! Please, sit, drink, celebrate – it’s good to see you all! Talofa Papa (hello, Papa) sees Kasiano Mita embody the titular character and welcome the audience into his home for Grandma’s birthday party. Mita is gentle and warm. His character is clearly derived from a place of love. He greets everybody as though they are family – and for one night only, the audience actually become that family. Rich in Samoan culture and tradition, Talofa Papa embraces its roots and proves that whatever the culture, family is not only important but strong bonds are prevailing. 

Mita is amazing as Papa. His characterisation is perfect, from subtle nods of the head, to a stiffness of gait, from switching between praise and annoyance at his grandson, to inducing mild wariness in the audience family. There is a feeling of reverence about this character – he is compelling in every way. Papa teaches the audience how to celebrate Samoan style – how to dance, how to sing, how to party! Talofa Papa is hilarious and heartfelt. There are serval laugh out loud moments, mostly derived from Mita’s flawless crowd interaction. 

There is a unifying element in this character. Everybody knows a patriarch or elder figure in their own family who is like this. They unite the family and although hugely likeable, are often just a little unpredictable! Talofa Papa is the sweetest, gentlest show this FRINGEWORLD 2019. It pulls the audience in for a big hug and doesn’t let go until the end. You’ll feel uplifted, nostalgic, a little sad, and ready to call your grandma. 

WHEN: 12 – 16 February 2019 | 6:00pm

WHERE: The Studio | The Blue Room Theatre | FRINGE CENTRAL

INFO: Tickets $18 – $25 | Duration 60m | Age suitability: All (general) | THEATRE

LINK: https://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/talofa-papa-fw2019

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