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The Frogs Under the Waterfront

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Bard Productions Brings Theatre Into Hades (Underneath the Waterfront) For the 2009 Wellington Fringe Festival

Bard Productions teams up with Capital Theatre Productions and Wellington Waterfront Limited to bring theatre to a new and exciting level with “The Frogs Under the Waterfront”

This February, during the Wellington Fringe Festival, an adaptation of the hilarious Greek theatre classic “The Frogs” will be performed underneath the Wellington Waterfront, with the audience in paddle boats.

A large ensemble of some of the city’s finest actors and musicians, collaborating with director Paul Stephanus, will re-discover the much-loved Waterfront with this modern, interactive production of a time-tested classic. The action of the play starts around the Waterfront cut-out between Te Papa and Circa Theatre, and eventually moves into Hades, where the audience will accompany Dionysus on his trip into Hades.

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The performances will take place from the Monday the 2nd to Saturday the 7th of February, and then again from Monday the 16th to Saturday the 21st of February. The 12 performance season has to be divided as such because these are the only dates that work with the tide. We don’t want audience members hitting their heads on the ceiling of the Waterfront at high tide!

The audience must be at Mac’s Brewery at 5:55pm for a mandatory safety briefing. The performance will go forward in any weather conditions, because the majority of the show will take place under the cover of the Waterfront. For the small portion of the play that is above the waterfront, the audience will be provided with high-quality umbrellas.

Spaces are limited to 25 audience members for each performance, so book as soon as possible.

Bard Prodctions thanks Capital Theatre Productions, Mac’s Brewery, Ferg’s Kayaks, City Boat and Bike, RadioActive, Wellington City Council, NZCT, Southern Trust, Creative Communities and the Wellington Waterfront for their support in making this incredible opportunity a reality.

This is a very rare chance for the people of Wellington to discover a unique and “off-limits” part of the Waterfront while enjoying a spectacular show.

Waged $25 / Unwaged $20 / Fringe Addict $18
Tickets available from Downstage Theatre – 04 801 6946/

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