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LOCATION: Fallen From Grace Hair Salon, 64 Ghuznee St, Wellington

DATES: 20 February - 06 March 2010

BOOKINGS: Fallen From Grace, 04 384 3982

SALON is the prequel to the multi-award winning show HOTEL, which premiered in 2007 and has continued to tour New Zealand since then. Created by the group, this show is an exploration of the world of hair styling and of the people who work in and go to hair salons.

SALON is a site-specific work, and will be performed to audiences of only 15 per show in an up market hair salon in the heart of Wellington city's Cuba St precinct. The show features a 100% NZ music soundscape designed by Stephen Gallagher (The Lovely Bones) and features Wellington's finest acting talent in an intimate glimpse into this world of gossip and intrigue, fashion and faade, illusion and reality.

SALON illuminates some of the stories and characters established in HOTEL; the first show in the series, which has enjoyed sell-out seasons at Festivals in Wellington, Taupo, Nelson and Tauranga. SALON will premiere as part of the Wellington Fringe Festival, then go on tour, with its first scheduled season as part of the ERUPT! Taupo Arts Festival in May 2010.

SALON features Simon Vincent (Year of The Rat, Metamorphosis, Chapman Tripp Award winner for Best Supporting Actor) as Senior Stylist, Sophie Hambleton (Rock and Roll, The Little Dog Who Laughed) as The Apprentice, Renee Sheridan (A Streetcar Named Desire, The Little Dog Who Laughed) as The Air Hostess, Jane Waddell (The Clean House, Mammals [Chapman Tripp Award for Best Supporting Actress], Director of the Year for Home Land) as The Mother and Richard Dey (Entertaining Mr Sloan, Sensible Susan and The Queen's Merkin) as Random Guy off the Street.

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SALON is directed by the producer of the site-specific group, Paul McLaughlin. Paul is an award winning actor (Actor of The Year 2004 - Albert Speer), director and producer. His most recent directorial position was for the critically acclaimed NZ premiere The Blackening; for which Jed Brophy won Actor of The Year 2009.

SALON has been commissioned by The Lake Taupo Arts Festival Trust with generous support from Creative New Zealand and design partners Neogine Design and Communication. is a Wellington based theatre group committed to world class theatre in found locations.

"The performances - if that's the word - are impeccable. Even as they share the space with each other, and us, the sense of separateness - of aloneness more often than not - is wondrously achieved. Humour and pathos, darkness and light, reality and deception meet and blend to cast a mesmerising spell. This is a very special piece of truly intimate theatre that is well worth your making an effort to see."
Theatreview, HOTEL, 2007


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