March 26, 2010
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…well the stage itself will be lit up like a Christmas tree but the bar and exteriors will be lit by candles for Earth Hour.
Saturday is the closing night for Pick of the Fringe at Downstage, if the whirl of Fringe and the New Zealand International Arts Festival has passed you by this year you can still catch two outstanding shows at Downstage.
Theatre is an experience to be shared and both shows on offer are really accessible as well as being ‘Fringe’, so you could take you sister or your boyfriend or your work colleague. You can see both shows for $40 which is very reasonable.
back/words is a piece of documentary theatre with performances that focus on being completely faithful to the source of the story. The source being in this case, filmed interviews with people that have been loosely framed around important ‘firsts’. Out of hours and hours of footage they have shaped a theatre length show full of humor and emotion.
All of the cast wear ipods which are playing the dialogue as they perform it, venquilitrist theatre if you will. This device works but the stories themselves are what draw you in as the actors switch from elderly couple, to gay man, to eight year old girl, to bogan with true commitment and skill.
January 29, 2009
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… but Fringe ’09 is just a week away, and there’s a lot to get excited about. We may have missed out on the chance to see some Aristophanes under the wharves, but here’s a couple of other things that we have our eyes on.
Lies and Other Stories Before Bed had a sneak peak/fundraiser event at Mighty Mighty last week, and it looks to be a riot. It will combine film and animation with live performance in the cozy surrounds of the Southern Cross, and with a plot that involves scary hallucinatory children, swingers’ parties and a European seductress it seems like just the sort of realistic kitchen-sink drama that we can all relate to. Or maybe that’s just me.
The musical line-up looks strong this year, too, and there are plenty of acts worth salivating over, but … oh my circuits: We Are The Robots! Disasteradio and TVDisKo will be familiar to many of us, but when you add in Hamilton’s most charismatic exports, The Trons, you know it’ll be a night of mechanical mayhem to savour. More info and YouTubular goodness over on Mukuna. I’m not normally a fan of garage rock, but when the band looks as if it’s actually been built in a garage, that’s another story.
Update: there’s been a slight change of line-up for We Are The Robots, with Heat Like Me replacing Disasteradio.