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Downstage picks best Fringe shows

Downstage picks best Fringe shows

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March of the Meeklings

Downstage picks best Fringe shows

Best of the Fringe Winner March of the Meeklings and two other sell-outs return for a very limited season only

After the biggest Fringe Festival in its 19-year history three highly successful shows return for a very limited season from 6 - 10 May to Downstage Theatre: Best Of The Fringe 2008 Winner March of the Meeklings: An Apocalyptic Romp by Three Spoon Theatre and the two sell-out shows Sensible Susan and the Queen's Merkin by Theatre Militia and 2b or nt 2b? by 1st Gear Productions, written by Sarah Delahunty.

Tickets for the shows can be purchased for $20 each at Downstage’s box office, online at or by phone at 04 801 6946. A pass for all three shows costs only $50, and the performances can be watched on different dates. For more information about the show and the venue please visit Downstage’s website at or the newly established blog at

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2b or nt 2b?

March of The Meeklings: An Apocalyptic Romp, Winner of the BEST OF THE FRINGE AWARD 2008, offers a fresh and irreverent take on that most ambitious of topics: the end of the universe and life as we know it. With outlandish bravado, six actors will step up to play a global assortment of unsuspecting meeklings, who are unwittingly handed the fate of humanity. The unique nature of this devised show comes from character–based comedy, live musical commentary and the sheer audacity of taking on the apocalypse. The show will be playing from 6.30-7.30 pm in the main auditorium.

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Sensible Susan and the Queen's Merkin

With Sensible Susan and the Queen's Merkin Theatre Militia are back with an entertaining sell-out Fringe morality play that revolves around a wardrobe, a mission and a Queen's pubic wig. Following A Bright Room Called Day comes a hilarious, satirical tale of the perils of materialism and mediocrity. Sensible Susan (who chose nylons over Narnia) is put through the proverbial wringer as she discovers the secrets of the Queen's Merkin. Puppetry, mask, song and rhyming couplets - a world of fantasy spills, literally, out of the closet. The show will be playing from 8.00 – 9.00 pm in the main auditorium.

2b or nt 2b? is an affirming and witty sell-out Fringe play about teenagers as they contemplate jumping off the Bridge to Nowhere in Lower Hutt. The show takes characters from the classics – Hamlet, Helena, Irina, Marsha, Antigone and Hedda – and makes them teenagers in the twenty-first century. Sarah Delahunty’s script combines contemporary language with poetic and lyrical language from the original plays: Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Midsummer Night’s Dream, Chekhov’s Three Sisters and The Seagull, Sophocles’ Antigone and Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. The show will be playing from 9.30 – 10.30 pm in the theatre bar.


This press release and additional media material on the shows are available to download at

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