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FRINGE '04: Hospital Corners


Written and Produced by Amalia Calder

Venue: Sandwiches, 8 Kent Terrace, Wellington Central
Dates: 7th – 11th March 2004
Performance Time: 7pm
Ticket Prices: Waged $14, Unwaged $12, Fringe card holders $10

This Fringe Festival 2004, Minnie Moo Productions presents Hospital Corners a fast paced crazy show about a chaotic neurotic “normal” Kiwi family. Hospital Corners is full of chaos, misunderstandings, clever dialogue, physical comedy, a mysterious pregnancy and finally the mother has had enough and barricades herself in a box! What will happen at the end will be surprise to everyone and the show will certainly go out with a bang.

Hospital Corners is a new New Zealand work debuting at the Fringe 2004, It is not for the faint hearted, the audience will certainly have a lot of laughs but they might find themselves questioning their moral fibre. It is an interesting, busy play to watch and bucket-loads of fun to perform.

Hospital Corners is written by Amalia Calder. It is her second script to be staged in Wellington. Her first play was an adaptation of Hansel and Gretel, which she wrote and put on in September 2003 with Kapitall Kids Theatre. It played to a majority of full houses and was well reviewed. This resulted in an invitation from the Wellington City Council to put the play on at the Botanical Gardens as part of the 2004 Summer City Programme.

Hospital Corners is proud to have all professional, Wellington actors, who are: Natasya Yusoff, Bev Driscoll, Estelle Clifford, Des Morgan and Amalia Calder.

Natasya is a freelance actor and graduate of Linwood Performing Arts in Christchurch. Recently she has performed in Wellington with Kapitall Kids Theatre (KKT) and their adaptation of Hansel and Gretel. Prior to that she was performing in Malaysia, presenting the TV show E - Lang, which encouraged children to read. Natasya also performed the show Causeway in the Singapore Arts Festival.

Bev is a bit of a veteran Fringe performer. Her first Fringe show was in 1996, performing Naughty Bad Girls written and directed by Mel Johnston. Naughty Bad Girls was nominated for The Chapman Trip award for Best female group or comedian. Her next fringe shows were, 7 days alone with Rebecca, in 2000 and Outside In, in 2001. Bev also currently writes and directs for Kapitall Kids Theatre.

Estelle is a freelance actor and graduate of the New Zealand College of Performing Arts. She is an active member of Mime International and also of I Spy children’s theatre company. Estelle co–hosts the radio show Upload, which is an arts based show aired on Channel Z every Sunday. She also teaches and Directs Youth Theatre classes, for the Wellington Performing Arts Centre (WPAC).

Des is a freelance actor and has completed an apprenticeship at Downstage theatre a diploma in performing arts at WPAC and half a degree at Toi Whakaari. Des’s last show was The princess and the pea. His screen credits include Tiger Play directed by Dale Corlett, The Tub directed by Bill Giannakakis, The Strip, Atlantis High, LOTR and The insiders guide to happiness.

Amalia is a freelance actor and graduate of the UCOL Theatre School. Amalia most recently produced, wrote and acted in Kapitall Kids Theatre’s Hansel and Gretel. Prior to that she was in Sidney Snail directed by Bev Driscoll and she has toured New Zealand, with both The Theatre and Health Education Trust (THeTA) and Calico Theatre. This will be Amalia’s first appearance at the Fringe, both as an actor and a writer.


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