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Life After Fringe...

Life After Fringe...

1. So erm, How's Your Father? After a hugely successful Fringe 04, Matt Halliday and Gavin Harrington of Dunedin-based theatre company Grimmace are taking their physical theatre piece How's Your Father? on the road...with performances scheduled for the Dunedin Fringe in September/October and a South Island tour in November - this wordless piece, powered by music will make even the most staunch southern man laugh in recognition and women cringe with realization...

2. Go on, 'ave a laugh! a fabulous selection of Fringe stars are set to split sides at the up-coming NZ International Comedy Festival -

3. Winners of Fringe NZ Comedy Award Theatre Beating performed Happy Hour for Miserable Children at the Galatos Theatre in Auckland last night (one show only), and are now working on The Magic Chicken for the NZ International Comedy Festival - here's the guts - A demented culinary show for all ages with the punk-rock elegance of a slapstick hero locked in Dr Seuss's kitchen. Toot and Collins ineptly assemble entrees for the restaurants ravenous diners only to discover that the main course has plans of its own. Theatre Beating brings its genre-crossing slapstick techniques to the Silo Theatre. Featuring: Trygve Wakenshaw, Barnie Duncan,

4. Benjamin Crellin @ Witsend: Your last chance to see this Kiwi favourite before he leaves for Canada and the UK. Seven time Pulp Comedy veteran, and nominated so many times for the Billy T Award he's no longer allowed to apply! A must-see act of 2004. "Intelligent, clever and oh so dark

5. Tarun Mohanbhai from Yatra is performing in another show D'Arranged Marriage: The hit of the Melbourne Comedy Festival 2003 and the Sydney Opera House Studio, D'Arranged Marriage is a rip-roaring comedy that draws on every Indian stereotype to hilarious effect. It's 'Monsoon Wedding' meets 'Bend it Like Beckham'! Eight characters all performed by Tarun Mohanbhai makes this one man show a comedy must see

6. Tarun is also teaming up with fellow Yatra performer/producer Rajeev Varma in the show Indian Invaders: Raw, irreverent, politically incorrect and ethically challenged… Indian Invaders are coming… Following the international success of their first show D'Arranged Marriage, Those Indian Guys AKA Tarun Mohanbhai and Rajeev Varma have teamed together for the first time on stage to bring the winning Indian edge to New Zealand comedy. Directed by Radar.

7. Off the Wire is into it's sixth series on Radio 101FM and has proven to be one of the most popular comedy programmes on the station. It's blend of satire and dry lampooning of current events make for an hilarious, and often shocking event.

8. Wellington Improvisation Troupe (WIT) presents Gorilla Theatre: It's bigger than King Kong! GORILLA is the New Zealand premiere of the heavyweight improvised comedy show devised by improvising legend, Keith Johnstone. WIT's leading improvisers direct scenes without a script and compete to entertain the audience. The winning director takes home the ultimate prize – the troupe's resident GORILLA!

9. Barbie is Dead NZ's only all female improvised comedy show will be performing in Auckland at the Covert theatre, www.coverttheatre.com, for 4 nights: 19-22 May at 9.30pm. They also have their own 4-week season at the Covert, post-festival from June3-26 at 8pm.

10. Butterfly Creek Theatre off to Stratford (on-Patea that is, not on-Avon!) The Butterfly Creek Theatre Troupe's acclaimed All's Well that Ends Well? production has been invited to tour as part of the two play mini-festival of outdoor Shakespeare on Stratford on Saturday April 3. This marks a further step for the annual Bard in Yard production which started eight years ago as staged readings in the director's back yard and has been performed in the Muritai School Yard as a part of the past three Fringe festivals. Performance: Preview performance of the touring production: Tues 30 March, 7.30pm

11. Salad Bones... arse lickin spoken word with hogg phlappin beats. Winners of the Fringe Spirit Award, The Sk8board Poets will join forces with fellow members of the Word Collective (magellan, word festival, speakeasy) and musicians from bands including rhombus, paselode and sstimuluss for an experimental live collaboration to celebrate their cd release - a fusion of spoken word and music by Wellington artists. when & where? Sunday 28 March, 8pm, Bar Bodega who's playing on the night? t-bone vocelli and lucola featuring craig irie, sstimuluss featuring felix preval, the unknown rockstar with jonny potts and dj forge.

12. ENDS

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