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To: The Story Of Funk
  • Written and performed by Dai Henwood
  • Directed by Caroline Bell-Booth
  • European Premiere: Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival 2003

A 50-minute documentary style about X-treme Wrestling's Champion of the World, P-Funk Chainsaw. Standing 5'4" (and a half) P-Funk is a small man with big dreams. His early days were influenced by his spiritual guide (and uncle) the Rev. D Money Jr - a Black-American preacher stuck in a white man's body - who after sipping to much of the communion wine would preach that Jesus himself was a wrestler.

Dai Henwood is one of New Zealand's hottest new properties as the youngest winner of TV2's Billy T Comedy Award in 2002. He has played to sell out crowds all over New Zealand and recently completed his first tour on the Australian Comedy Circuit. His unique brand of character-based comedy was a gale of fresh air to Edinburgh audiences!

"Dai Henwood is a born performer and certainly one of the most original and promising young comedians working in comedy at the moment. Expect great things!" (NZ Capital Times)

"What appeals to me in Henwood's comedy is the way he can start on a theme and then take one on a flight of fancy that soars light years from his starting point. One can see easily why The Story of Funk won a TV2 Billy T Award 2002 - it's original. And it's funny." (NZ Dominion Post)

"We've seen their ilk on trash telly, but they've never been quite this funny. In less capable hands, a white boy playing black and dumb could be trouble but, as a performer, Henwood doesn't have a malicious bone in his body, has energy to burn and an endearing presence anyone would forgive. Highly recommended." (NZ Sunday Star Times)

"One of the most original and promising young comedians." (Capital Times)
Renee Te Pairi (Set Designer) Renee graduated from UNITEC with a Diploma in Performance Technology in 2000 and has since been working on numerous theatre and screen productions in design and support roles. Renee worked on two successful shows at the 2002 Wellington Fringe Festival: French Toast, winner of the Best Theatre Award and Indiscretions, nominated for Best Design. She worked in the art department at Canterbury Opera and designed Novaional Film Festival. Renee currently works at Third Stage in Auckland.