Barbarian Productions Presents Jo Randerson
Media Release, 26 February 2006
Barbarian Productions Presents Jo Randerson’s Skazzle Dazzle
Jo Randerson, instigator of such strange and wonderful offerings as the recent ‘Absolutely Positively Walking’ tours – a hit in this year’s Fringe – and ‘Cracks in the Garden’ (Best Comedy, Melbourne Fringe) returns to BATS with her spectacular solo show ‘Jo Randerson’s Skazzle Dazzle’.
This non-stop variety-style theatre-comedy show features stand-up, song, dance, puppetry and wig-work. “Skazzle-Dazzle” is an old Danish performance tradition (Skasle-dasle), and Randerson is one of its key exponents outside of Denmark. Her extremely brave and highly original work has seen her recently tour to La Villette Theatre, Paris, and the 2005 Prague and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.
Randerson’s unique blend of comedy and theatre, hope and downright disaster has brought her many dedicated fans throughout NZ. Critics find her work almost impossible to label, settling for comments such as “had me laughing all the way home” (Scotsman, 2005).
“Jo Randerson’s Skazzle Dazzle” has been re-worked for this return Wellington season, with Auckland-based Director Ben Crowder directing the show. After Wellington the show will travel to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, where Randerson’s unique and unpredictable humour will also feature at ‘Upfront 12’, the annual showcase of the best female comedians in the festival.
BILLY T JAMES
COMEDY AWARD NOMINEE, NEW ZEALAND, 2005
GOLDEN GIBBO AWARD JOINT-WINNER, MELBOURNE, 2004
BEST COMEDY AWARD WINNER, MELBOURNE FRINGE, 2003
‘She strips humour down to its bare bones; so bare it simply shouldn't be funny any more… despite being completely devoid of romance, her humour is foolproof. She's shrewd wit on a stick.’ The Package, 2005