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Scratch ‘n’ Fly

Scratch ‘n’ Fly

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Wing productions presents: SCRATCH ‘N’ FLY

February 2007 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th 6.30pm.
Full $15 Concession $12 Addict $10 Children $1 per year of age
BATS: (04) 802 4175 or
BATS theatre 1 Kent Terrace Wellington

This duo will land in Wellington but probably not without trouble. After trying to cross the Cook Strait in an old fridge and flying over it in a ladder biplane, they have finally opted for the Interislander.

SCRATCH ‘N’ FLY is physical theatre with all the essentials for taking off with high soaring comedy and full of secrets for the whole family!

Performer Meret Weiss, who aspires to make success out of her failures, meets noise-collector Kim Oetliker who animates live acoustic scenery in their new performance. SCRATCH ‘N’ FLY, premiering at BATS 12th to the 16th February as part of Fringe 07.

High security and misunderstandings are what inspired Meret Weiss and Kim Oetliker to collaborate in an adventurous journey that never moves from the spot.

“My suitcase had been left unattended in the foyer of the London national theatre. On my return 12 security people were surrounding it, ready to blow it open. Inside the suitcase was a clown- security outfit and a plastic egg”. - Meret Weiss

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There is no simple answer for such confusion but there is a way to translate it without using parody, into the naïve and childlike world of clown.

“The idea for a security clown was born when my four year-old niece was asked to give her Barbie magazine to airport security for x-ray. Not wanting to let her magazine go she asked the security man “why do I have to give it to you”? He answered in all seriousness, “You never know you could hide a knife or a razor blade in that”. -Meret Weiss

The story spills out of an old fridge, a well-deserved holiday lands flat on its face when trying to smuggle an egg through airport customs.

In the world of clowning there is no conflict so the solutions are often funny, tragic and absurd. This is the kind of world Kim Oetliker and Meret Weiss live in during their one-hour performance of transformations.

“I threw Kim an inflated lifejacket he deflated it, somehow that sound become the sea and suddenly I could hear seagulls, he just sits behind his rubbish pile and creates miraculous sound effects”. - Meret Weiss

‘She is nearing the big league of clowns. That’s where all the clowns clown around and dream of their next clowning-sorry crowning glory. Meret is influenced by classic old style of clowning combining it with her theatre background, using current topics she creates an inspirational narrative’. - ‘WATCH THIS SPACE’. London. 2005


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