Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Lady comedy surprisingly comedic

MEDIA RELEASE: For Immediate Release

16 June 2014

Lady comedy surprisingly comedic

Taking off The Bird Suit, a new show at BATS Theatre looks to combine two mutually exclusive concepts - women and comedy.

“I called an audition for an improv show and all these women turned up. I was assuming that we’d do serious scenes about menstruation and other women’s issues just like we always do, but instead this wide variety of scenes unfolded featuring varied and interesting characters. Some were even funny. It was *super* weird,” says Christine Brooks, director of the show.

Cherie Jacobson, Programme Manager at BATS Theatre on programming this perversion of the natural order said BATS Theatre has a commitment to diversity.

“These women are really pushing the boundaries of comedy which is great because BATS is all about new work and taking risks - but we don’t actually expect Taking Off The Bird Suit to be good or funny. That’s just not the purpose of this show. It's more about letting women have a go.”

A local comedian who didn’t want to be named said that he *might* try to attend but that his standards “will definitely be lower” than for regular improv shows.

“It’s not a criticism - women and men are just good at different things, right? Actually, that reminds me, I’m working on some killer material on gender differences for my stand-up set.”

Christopher Hitchens, thought leader and deceased life expert explained that it was “a pretty big call” to put on a show like this as “it’s a biological fact” that women are not as funny as men. He wished “good luck to the little ladies” and winked that he’d be “rooting for them” beyond the grave.

Despite the fact that all the experts on comedy and women have explained why the show will fail, the childless Brooks remained hopeful, saying that she will proceed with it anyway.

“There are some really talented women in this show.”

Bookings are open now at bats.co.nz.

Featuring:

Abby Howells, Bryony Langford, Caitlin McNaughton, Cathy-Ellen Paul, Catriona Tipene, Jennifer O’Sullivan, Karen Anslow, Susan Williams, and Rose Cann.

With Tilomai Solia-Matafeo on music and Mary Little on lights.

Directed by Christine Brooks.

Profits from the show will be donated to Wellington Rape Crisis.

Taking off the Bird Suit

Dates: 24 - 28 June 2014

Venue: BATS Theatre (Out of Site)

More Info: http://bats.co.nz/shows/taking-off-the-bird-suit/

//

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Snow Business: Coronet Peak Turns 70

In 1947 Coronet Peak in Queenstown opened with just a rope tow pulling keen skiers up a mountain, the first commercial ski field to open in New Zealand. More>>

Howard Davis: 'Dunkirk'

The British have an extraordinary penchant for celebrating catastrophic military defeats. It is not only the Battle of Hastings, the Charge of the Light Brigade, and Gallipoli that have become immortalized in prose, poetry, and movies ...
More>>

Conservation: Gecko Stolen From DOC Visitor Centre

A long-term resident at the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre has been stolen. The Marlborough green gecko was reported missing on 19 July. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Rare Ingredients

When I heard Kiazim was publishing a cookbook, I jumped at the opportunity... I was back in New Zealand, but how hard could it be to create Turkish-Cypriot cuisine on the opposite side of the world? Well, it turns out — pretty damn hard. More>>

Remembrance: British Memorial Design Revealed

After years of work with Weta Workshop, the British High Commission has revealed the final design of the United Kingdom’s presence in Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: The Whole Intimate Mess

Alison McCulloch: Walker’s account of what she went through is harrowing and intimate, and, at risk of sounding trite, very brave. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland