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FRINGE '04: Inviting Caroline

For ANYONE who’s ever been to a party…..


Invite. Ignite. Explode!!

Written and Directed by Ross MacLeod

9 – 13 March 2004 @ 8PM
BATS Theatre

$14 Waged
$12 Unwaged
$10 Fringe Addict

Bookings @ BATS on (04) 802 4175
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Aotearoa-New Zealand

CAROLINE slept with CHRIS who's pestering HILLARY who’s friends with FIONA who tolerates SEBASTIAN who’s bugging SCOTT who’s wondering if Inviting Caroline was a really BAD IDEA.

Inviting Caroline is a fresh, quirky take on that familiar struggle we all know of how to put on the ‘perfect party’. It sets out to explore and expose social conventions, social conformities and social cons. In 2002, Inviting Caroline premiered in ‘The 4Seasons Festival’ in Hamilton. Now, Wellington’s cultured audiences will get the opportunity to experience the comedic wonder of what Waikato University Lecturer, Mark Houlahan coined, “a future cult kiwi classic”.

This is a collaborative effort, by three of Hamilton’s growing arts’ entities; Cloudscape Productions, Urban Vineyard Productions and Upstage Theatre. With the support of the Wellington Arts Council and the University of Waikato, Inviting Caroline brings to the forefront of our minds those parties we are all so often trying to forget. This season sees two of the original cast members joined by four new talents from the Waikato.

Inviting Caroline is a seemingly cynical portrayal of parties and stereotypes that proves to provide an energetic and ‘all-to-familiar view’ of a road that we’ve all traveled. Under the dramatic guidance of John Davies and with the Technical Expertise of Michael Knapp, this fast-paced energetic comedy is set to Invite, Ignite and Explode FringeNZ.

Scott Tim Heal
Fiona Lesley Walker
Hillary Zoe Timbrell
Sebastian Chris Tan
Chris Rob Jerram
Caroline Kristin Burns

Director Ross MacLeod
Assistant Director Caroline Hastings
Artistic Direction John Davies
Producers Fabian Takiari, Zoe Timbrell
Lighting Design Michael Knapp
Costume Design Zoe Timbrell
Stage Manager Laura McKimm

Wellington Arts Council
University of Waikato
Waikato Students Union
UPstage Theatre Club
Urban Vineyard Productions

Fabian Takiari

Fabian Takiari, 22, born in Hamilton and Theatre Studies Graduate from Waikato University has been producing new local works for the last year having put five original plays to the stage. These plays all written by budding Hamilton playwrights. Fabian will be the Festival Coordinator for Hamilton’s Fuel Festival of New Zealand Theatre in 2004. Fuel Festival brings 23 New Zealand theatre pieces to Hamilton in addition to the National Playwrights Conference. While also working at the WEL Energy Trust Academy of Performing Arts, Hamilton City’s newest theatre venue, he has also taken up free-lance event management. This has lead to him being involved in local events such as ‘Balloons Over Waikato’ and Thrive (Sustainable Enterprise Conferences) up and down the country. Fabian’s main goal is to help to perpetuate New Zealand Theatre as best he can.


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