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Ria Hall, Colleen Davis, Villette & Jennifer Ward Lealand perform Here Lies Love, at Rangatira, Q Theatre 2018.

Jennifer Ward-Lealand and Ria Hall take on political glam-pop in Here Lies Love

Jennifer Ward-Lealand and Ria Hall take on political glam-pop in Here Lies Love

Jennifer Ward Lealand in the studio rehearsing Here Lies Love
Colleen Davis, Villette, Sarah Nessia & Jennifer Ward-Lealand rehearse Here Lies Love
Villette cracks a smile in rehearsals for Here Lie Love

"What drives a powerful person; what makes them tick? How do they make and then remake themselves?"

Those are the questions David Byrne asked in 2010 upon the release of Here Lies Love, a 90-minute concept album he co-created with Fatboy Slim. The disco-pop record – equal parts eccentric, glamorous and invigorating – is based on the life of Imelda Marcos, former first lady of the Philippines.

In short, it might seem like an unusual end-of-year show for Silo Theatre – but David Byrne's attempt to marry pure, jubilant pop with themes of reinvention and identity make it a perfect fit...

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