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Cult Hit - Happy Hour for Miserable Children

PRESS RELEASE 1 August 2006
for immediate release

Theatre Beating's
Happy Hour for Miserable Children

The Edge: Herald Theatre
19- 30 September
Tues-Sun 8pm - Sat 2pm
Special MIDNIGHT show Friday 22nd September

In a run down old go-go bar, glitzy and fetid
A crime of great passion has just been committed
In this carnal emporium if the base and the lusty
Two builders are framed for a Murder Most Nasty...

From the award-winning creators of hit festival show 'The Magic Chicken', comes an award-winning macabre comedy of anarchic proportions - 'Happy Hour for Miserable Children'

'A screamingly funny and highly innovative production that has its genesis in the 1920s silent movies of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton... the group has developed an original piece of energetic physical theatre that almost defies description' Ewan Coleman, Dominion Post

'Uncomfortably dark and disturbing...Truly and wonderfully weird' Lyn Freeman, Capital Times

When two bungling builders - under the gaze of a sinister madame - set about renovating a grungy strip joint into a church, little do they know the dark and gory secrets hidden behind every greasy pole.

After winning critical acclaim and the 'Best Comedy' award at the 2004 New Zealand Fringe Festival, Auckland underground company Theatre Beating is back to fracture funny bones and split ribs with a slapstick thumping of power tools, plank spankings and a chaotic ignorance of OSH regulations.

Theatre Beating earlier this year became the only theatre production company to be formally invited to the China Shanghai International Arts festival in Oct 2006.

Happy Hour stars two of Auckland's hardest working actors, Barnie Duncan and Trygve Wakenshaw. Currently they have there own show on Alt TV as 2 German conceptual artists whom recently attempted to become the Guinness World record holders for continually hosting a TV show in one sitting (over 48 hours).

Director Geoff Pinfield, is also associate Director of MAUI - The next biggest show heading to Broadway. Happy Hour is Produced by Graeme Bennett, one of New Zealand only Independent Theatre Producer and founder of PAI - Performing Arts Internationally.
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