Last week I had the privilege of seeing Silo Theatre’s 2015 sell-out show Hudson and Halls Live! at Q Theatre and it was magnificent!! And while the Auckland season finishes on Sunday with the final 5pm performance, this now legendary show is set to tour the length of New Zealand.
If you’re in Auckland, seriously, book now (tickets $30-59)!
It stars one of my favourite comedians, Chris Parker in the role of David Halls, along with a very deeply spoken charmer, Todd Emerson as Peter Hudson, and the hilarious Anya Tate-Manning as floor manager Ngaire Watkins.
The show takes place in what is a live TV studio circa 1983 when the enigmatic TV cooking duo Hudson and Halls had really hit their straps – they won Entertainers of the Year in 1981. It’s Christmas, the audience are the studio audience and anything can happen. And it does!
The read Hudson and Hals (pictured below; Peter Hudson left and David Halls right) were fan favourites with their easy wit, natural campness, shambolic production values and staggeringly awful ’80s coq au vin style cookery.
The real life couple, who were deeply in love, had an on-set charisma second to none where they gaffed, bickered, drank and entertained, showcasing a Kiwi celebrity each week. Oh, and that dreadful food…
This Silo Theatre production captures the magic perfectly and digs deeper into their bittersweet story. At a time when it was illegal to be gay, the Hudson and Halls show was a bold TV statement.
Chris Parker and Todd Emerson are seamless. They deliver their tributes to Hudson and Halls with vibrancy, empathy and warmth making a hugely likeable and utterly hilarious show. And the real cooking – with cooking smells – add an exciting charm to the production. Kudos for that decision!
Hudson and Halls Live! is a faultless success, and when it’s back – which it will be – I’ll definitely see it again.
Watch the real life Peter Hudson (left) and David Halls on an episode of Mr Blobby:
Watch the Hudson and Halls Live! trailer here:
And get online and book your seat here!