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“Get Cuffed!”: A One-Woman Comic Cabaret

16/01/08 - for Immediate Release Working Class Productions Presents
Attn: Arts Editor/Reporter

Premieres BATS theatre in association with Fringe 08
Dates: 27 February-1 March 2008
Time: 9:45pm “Get Cuffed!”
A One-Woman Comic Cabaret
By Bryony Skillington


“Lights come up slowly to reveal a scantily clad woman tied to bed with handcuffs and other unmentionables!
She is totally still for the first few moments, then with this pause in place, spits out the Draddle stuffed firmly into her mouth and begins to sing…”

Get Cuffed is a light hearted look at one woman’s romantic history. Tied to a bed, Esther looks back over a string of affairs and broken dreams, performing 13 songs that range from hilarious to heartbreaking with a spanking of anecdotes and reflections throughout.

Written, devised and performed by Bryony Skillington (who has recently recorded another of her solo shows “Northern Glow: After Party” for New Zealand Radio) “Get Cuffed” has been created as a showcase for her multiple talents as a graduate from Toi Whakaari, entering the professional arena. She is joined by her accompanist “Gimpy”.

This fifty minute cabaret began life in Sydney, where it was developed as part of Bryony’s Toi Whakaari secondment. In a two-month intensive process, Bryony worked closely with director/teacher Adrian Barnes and musical director Pat Wilson to script and develop the piece.

The show has undergone further developments and will be directed under the skilled eye of Actor/Director Irene Skillington, making “Get Cuffed” the product of a unique mother/daughter collaboration. Irene and Bryony moved to New Zealand in 2001. Back in the UK Irene Skillington had a substantial career in Television and Theatre having appeared on soaps such as “Coronation Street” , “Emmerdale”, “Heartbeat” and in high drama “Dalziel & Pascoe” and “In Denial Of Murder”. Irene aims now to kick off her career again in collaboration with her daughter Bryony who is eagerly following in mothers footsteps after changing her career path from dreams of becoming a forensic scientist to an all round TV/Theatre/Film performer.

Apart from a “work in progress” showing in Sydney, Get Cuffed has yet to be performed, making its season in the Fringe a world premiere. This is a new, New Zealand work, with a distinctly international flavor, and features songs from the USA, England, Australia and New Zealand.

Performance dates and times:
A Four night season from: Wednesday 27 February- Saturday 1 March
9:45pm start approx 50 minutes.
Booking at BATS Theatre (04) 802-4175 or email:


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