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Absolutely Positively Walking!

MEDIA RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/01/06


Footsteps presents:

Absolutely Positively Walking!

No venue – Tours start from Bats Theatre Pit Bar, 1 Kent Terrace, Wellington
10th - 19th February*, 8.00pm & 9.30pm Mon - Sun, 12am Fri & Sat, 4pm Sat & Sun
*Shows may be cancelled due to inclement weather.
Price $10, $8 concession Bookings Phone: 3850198

Walk your socks off with the Grim Reaper!

If you see a group of people following the Grim Reaper around Wellington this February, chances are you’re watching a Footsteps ‘Absolutely Positively Walking!’ tour in action. Tour guides Thomas La Hood and Jo Randerson are ready to show you a wilder, weirder Wellington than you ever knew existed, with not one but two entirely different ‘outdoor walking spectaculars’ on offer.

‘Barry’s Bush Trails’ is a rough and ready tour of our city’s fragile ecosystem, packed with practical exercises such as bivvy building and wildlife identification, while ‘Ye Olde Horrore Tour’ exposes the grim and bloody secrets of Wellington’s streets - a trail of unsolved murders, haunted properties and mystical visitors from other worlds. Admission to one tour automatically allows a discounted rate for the other.

The tours start from the Bats ‘Pit Bar’ on Kent Terrace. Both tours run every night of the season, alternating between 8pm and 9.30 pm slots. Afternoon tours on weekends are ideal for children and family groups, while ‘nocturnal’ tours on Fridays and Saturdays cater to a bawdier late-night audience. Each time-slot will naturally create variants and nuances in the show, so multiple visits are encouraged!

“The beauty of a walking tour is that no two shows are going to be exactly the same,” says La Hood. “Each performance is a truly unique experience.” La Hood is well known for his children’s story-telling sessions at Kilbirnie Public Library. To develop his role as Barry for “Barry’s Bush Trails” he has grown an impressive ‘bushman’ style beard.

Randerson, a veteran Fringe participant, has traveled New Zealand and the world with her writing and performance. She is currently in Paris, working on a project about animalism, mermaids, werewolves and human nature. “We want to take Fringe out of the theatres and spill out into the streets. We want our show to be fun and genuinely interactive.”

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