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Drowning Bird, Plummeting Fish

Drowning Bird, Plummeting Fish

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Trapped at a party where the beer is warm, the music is shit and the world is ending

Binge Culture Collective presents

Drowning Bird, Plummeting Fish

Fresh from a floodlit midnight performance atop Takaka Hill, at Canaan Downs New Years Festival, Binge Culture Collective captures the atmosphere of thousands of wild party goers; bringing to the Wellington stage an extreme party of broken resolutions and relentless energy.

Described as a “phenomenal success” by Festival coordinator Simon Kong, Binge Culture have devised a new production, Drowning Bird, Plummeting Fish in which the stakes will be higher, the resources fewer, and the party games more deadly as four performers become their own doppelgangers; more playful, less predictable, more vulnerable and more dangerous.

Do we get on the stage for the same reasons we get on the piss? To become funnier, smoother versions of ourselves? To get away with the socially unacceptable? Or just to escape from the present, or from a future towards which we are ambivalent?

Drowning Bird, Plummeting Fish looks at the effect of the violent collision between our ever-consuming society and the rising problems of planet earth; climate change, overpopulation, peak oil. It explores how we as individuals deal with the hysteria, and endless conflicting voices warning us of what may be around the corner.

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Established in 2008 by director Ralph Upton for his Victoria University Honours project, and drawing influence from UK theatre company Forced Entertainment, Binge Culture devised the successful production 1001 Things You Must Do Before You Die. They’ve now taken to the streets – you may have seen the sign-holders in Cuba Mall, The Guilty Party in Midland Park, or the roving Anomaly on Takaka Hill.

Drowning Bird, Plummeting Fish is an interactive experience, a playful encounter that keeps the audience on their toes. “An innovative on target, topical, engaged performance provided professionally with edgy punctuality in an inhospitable environment." (Simon Kong).

Starring: Rachel Baker, Joel Baxendale, Simon Haren and Claire O’Loughlin

Directed by Ralph Upton

Designed by Rachel Marlow; Produced by Fiona McNamara

BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Terrace, Wellington

Bookings: or call 04 802 4175

9:30pm, 11-19 February (no show Sunday)

$15 waged/ $13 Concession/ $10 Fringe Addict


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