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Scoop Full Coverage: Fringe 07

Scoop Full Coverage: Fringe 07

Wellington, 9 Feb - 4 Mar

The Asia Pacific Festival also ran in Wellington from 8 -16 February.

See also: Scoop Coverage: Festival 2006

Brain PowerFringe Update: 'Best Production Design' Show For Return Season - Fresh from a successful season during the Fringe Festival, the award-winning play Brain Power returns to the BATS stage for one last brief return season in March. Written and directed by Dean Hewison, the show is a strikingly inventive and hilarious film-noir styled comedy set in the darkest regions of the human brain and featuring a massive cast of 17 actors. See... Brain Power Returns

Fringe Awards: Festival Checks Out For 07 - The 14th annual New Zealand Fringe Festival has drawn to a close, with the announcements of this year’s Fringe 07 award winners. Thirteen awards were granted at the award ceremony and closing night party, held tonight at Wellington’s San Francisco bathhouse. The top award, Best of Fringe 07, went to Hotel. See... Best of the Fringe Festival 2007 announced

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the orderlyFringe Review: The Orderly - Peter is a general orderly. He is very much on the recieving end of the pecking order but at least he is not, despite the ongoing threat, a radiotherapy orderly. Peter is also a historical re-enactor. On the coming weekend, he will be participating the 991 Battle of Maldon. The Saxon army to which he belongs will relive Byrhtnoth's heroic and much-sung defeat at the hands of the Vikings. See... Fringe Review: The Orderly

Fight or FlightFringe Review: Fight or Flight - Set on one of the biggest panic-magnets of our age – an aircraft with a destination in the USA – Fight or Fight plays with fears ranging from simple social anxiety to paralysing terror. There is a great deal of entertainment to be had at the lower levels, and the whole production does leave you with at least something to think about. See... Fringe Review: Fight or Flight

Image: Gravity and Other mythsFringe Images: Gravity and Other Myths - Gravity and Other Myths opened last night under the sails on Wellington's Queens Wharf. A good crowd gathered to take in the skills of some of the city's top 'new circus' performers. Starting with music based around remixed commentary on astronomy and space exploration, they showed of a range of mostly aerial circus skills; swinging, climbing, twisting and suspending with the actual sky as their backdrop. See... Scoop Images: Gravity and Other Myths

StrikeFringe Review: Strike - In the Cube - Did you know fire is tuneable? It is if you blow it through various lengths of steel pipe. This might give you some idea about the inventiveness on display in In the Cube. The fact the piece which included this trick started with the performers playing a quite complicated rhythm using nothing but the flick of cigarette lighters will give you an idea of the level of skill involved. See... Fringe Review: Strike - In the Cube

Shop of HorrorsFringe Review: The Little Shop of Horrors/Redubbed - It sounds a simple concept: take a classic corny movie; and replace the soundtrack with four live actors and two cunning sound people. The result, for The Little Shop of Horrors/Redubbed, is both strangely compelling and compellingly strange. See... Fringe Review: The Little Shop of Horrors/Redubbed

Antigone's DeathFringe Review: Antigone's Death - One might want to speculate about what it is in the Zeitgeist that led two groups in this year's Fringe to independently produce the classic rebellion story of Antigone. In fact, both are (very different) versions of Jean Anouilh's play, which draws the battle between idealism and pragmatism into sharp focus, and plays on the idea of tragic inevitability so heavily that one eventually feels the urge to rebel against even that. See... Fringe Festival Review: Antigone's Death

announcementFringe Festival: Giant Comic Stolen - Fringe 07 artist Mat Hunkin is reeling today at the discovery his public artwork Public Announcement has been stolen in broad daylight - on the first day it was displayed. The theft of Mr Hunkin's work occurred between 2pm and 4pm Monday, February 19 from the Cuba Street Wilson Carpark. Mr Hunkin's work, Public Announcement, is a five part giant comic strip with a new instalment being pasted up at two sites in Wellington every day for the next week. See... Art heist hits Fringe artist

Fringe Review: Trouble in Tahiti - This last performance of Leonard Bernstein's one act opera, 'Trouble in Paradise', took place late on mellow Wellington afternoon at Wesley Methodist Community Church. Inside the church, a comfortable crowd of Wellington music lovers sat on pews. Some of the pews had hymn sheets in Samoan on them, reminders of a church service earlier in the day. See... Fringe Festival Review: Trouble in Tahiti

AntigoneFringe Review: Antigone - Jean Anouilh's 1942 Antigone might be considered a study on Sophocles' original tragedy... There's a sense that Anouilh sought to dissect out the essentials elements of the tragedy and then amplify them - resulting in a play noticably longer than the original, and one that, as well as being a tragedy, expounds a theory of tragedy. See... Fringe Festival Review: Antigone

Lonesome BuckwhipsFringe Review: The Return of The Lonesome Buckwhips - I think I've found that underclass John Key was looking for. Arty, Benny and Gary Buckwhip, performing with Arty's new bride Miri Buckwhip, "grew up mean" in a broken, welfare-defauding home and have a collective age in prison-years that exceeds their individual expected lifespans. They're back, and they're here to share their pain. See... Fringe Festival Review: The Lonesome Buckwhips

SoupFringe Review: Couch Soup - In Couch Soup Stephanie Christian, Ross MacLeod, Bronwyn Williams and Benny Marama take on the dramatic challenge of presenting 30 playlets from dozens of authors in a little over an hour. The show features sweet and poignant vignettes of some very dysfunctional relationships, along with many genuinely absurd and funny moments. See... Fringe Festival Review: Couch Soup

Asia Pacific Festival Review: Pacific Dreaming - Let's face it: contemporary classical music is far from being everyone's cup of tea. Regular concert goers roll their eyes and joke about squeaks and grunts and scraping, while programmers and some performers tend to treat it as the greens we must finish before we get dessert. Cynicism aside, there can be a lot that is interesting, surprising and genuinely exciting in contemporary music-making. See... Asia Pacific Festival Review: Pacific Dreaming

Asias Pacific Festival Review: Asia-Pacific Music-Theatre - Asia-Pacific Music-Theatre gives Wellington audiences a rare chance to sample musical theatre works based on three different traditions - two of them using forms that UNESCO has declared Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. See... Asia Pacific Festival: Asia-Pacific Music-Theatre

Wellington International Ukulele
OrchestraFringe Festival: Let's Get Ready To Uke, Wellington! - Fricnic, the Fringe Festival's picnic with a twist, will take a crack at the record books this week when it hosts an attempt for the world record ukulele sing-along this Saturday, February 17 in Wellington. Fricnic, brought to you by Cadbury Picnic is a family-orientated event organised by Fringe 07, featuring an exceptionally good-looking line-up and activities for families under the sun at Frank Kitts Park on the Wellington Waterfront. See... Fricnic to host 'world's biggest uke-off' attempt

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Pink BitsFringe Review: Hot Pink Bits - We all have 'em , and people spend an awful lot of time thinking about 'em - Hot Pink Bits! Penny Ashton's lively show is an energetic hurtle through 7,5000 years of sex-obsessed human social evolution, from Palaeolithic stone idolatry through to Internet dominatri and 0900 relationships. Based on an awful lot of real-life stories Hot Pink Bits is cheerfully irreligious, and delightfully disrespectful of politicians, celebrities and many other desperate wannabes. See... Fringe Festival Review: Hot Pink Bits

Chit Chat LoungeFringe Review: The Chit-Chat Lounge - The Chit-Chat Lounge is a melange (or is that blancmange?) of a show, a self-proclaimed Frankenstienian compilation of bits from other events, presented by three fine hosts in a mock Parkinsonesque chat-show format. This is a great place to sample hors d'oeuvres-sized snippets of other Fringe shows, and meet some minor local personalities. See... Fringe Festival Review: The Chit-Chat Lounge

of Central ParkFringe Review: Lovers of Central Park - 'Lovers of Central Park' takes its audience on a walk exploring romantic love. In keeping with its theme, it is beautiful theatre. The audience is guided along the wooded paths of Wellington's Central Park constantly discovering moments from some ten different stories of lovers - relationships occuring within that space, in times ranging from 1855 to beyond the present day. See... Scoop Review: Lovers of Central Park

Bowler HatFringe Review: The Bowler Hat - There was a hold-up with the programmes - they were only distributed shortly before the beginning of the show. Which is a shame, because The Bowler Hat is the kind of play that benefits from being explained in advance... Having struggled my way to an approximate understanding of this purpose by watching the actual play, this doesn't help me understand why it was worthwhile. See... Fringe 07 Review: The Bowler Hat

    Summer Shakespeare Review: As You Like It - For its 25th production, Wellington's Summer Shakespeare has returned to what some consider its natural location - The Dell at the Botanic Garden. And it has given us the kind of entertaining ensemble production that seems to be the Summer Shakpeare's goal. See... Summer Shakespeare Review: As You Like It

  • Summer Shakespeare press release
  • Festival Press Releases

  • Best of the Fringe Festival 2007 announced
  • Fringe 07 awards ceremony this Sunday
  • Fringe hits the home stretch
  • Art heist hits Fringe artist
  • Organised chaos hits the streets
  • Fricnic to host 'world's biggest uke-off' attempt
  • Yowzaaa! It's Fringe time again
  • Behold the Year of Rappin' on the Fringe
  • Addictson the Fringe get treatment
  • NZFringe Festival Takes Flight
  • 99the magic number for Fringe 07
  • Fringe07 gives away half-tonne of cash
  • (Some) Production Press Releases

  • The Improvisors present 'Camp' (Sundays 25 Feb - 25 Mar)
  • The Orderly (2 - 10 Mar)
  • Fight or Flight (2 - 10 Mar)
  • Gravity and other Myths (1 - 4, 7 - 10 Mar)
  • My Complicated Relationship with Laurie Anderson (2 - 4 Mar)
  • Skeleton Woman (2 - 4 Mar)
  • Lost Girls (24 Feb - Mar 4)
  • Daniel Forlano - A Glass Of Wine (23 - 25 Feb, 2 - 4 Mar)
  • Hotel (9 Feb - 4 Mar)
  • Playfoolspirit Clowns - Street Improvisation (3 Mar)
  • Life's A Drag (28 Feb - 3 Mar)
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Feb 28 - Mar 3)
  • The Chit Chat Lounge (9 Feb - 3 Mar)
  • Dave Wiggins is 'A Yank in NZ' (28 Feb - 3 Mar)
  • Deliver Us (27 Feb - 3 Mar)
  • Battle of WITs (9 Feb - 3 Mar)
  • The No Refunds Experience (28 Feb, 1 Mar)
  • Porcelain Grin (26 Feb - 1 Mar)
  • Fleet (23 - 26 Feb)
  • Brain Power (21 - 25 Feb)
  • This is not a medical satire (22 - 24 Feb, 1 - 3 Mar)
  • The Little Shop of Horror Redubbed (22 - 24 Feb)
  • Dude... I'm A Unicorn and other short stories (19 - 24 Feb)
  • Lovers of Central Park (7 - 24 Feb)
  • Mystery Soup (21 - 24 Feb)
  • Like Someone In Love (21 - 24 Feb)
  • Antigone's Death (21 - 24 Feb)
  • Bloody Heroes (19, 20, 22, 23 Feb)
  • Premiere of Two One Act Plays (Paekakariki, 14 - 23 Feb)
  • Volcanoes are awesome! (19 - 22 Feb)
  • Imagining Reality (18 - 22 Feb)
  • A Man Walks into a Bar (12 - 21 Feb)
  • Interviews with the Universe (17 - 20 Feb)
  • Arch Enemies and Other Close Acquaintances (15 - 19 Feb)
  • The Triumphant Return - Suitcase Circus IV (16, 17, 18 Feb)
  • Life as Antigone (15 - 18 Feb)
  • Fringe @ The Gryphon (15 - 18 Feb)
  • The Return of the Lonesome Buckwhips (14 - 18 Feb)
  • Trouble in Tahiti (Feb 10 -18)
  • A Brief History of Everything in the Sky (14 - 17 Feb)
  • 12 Angry Men (14 - 17 Feb)
  • Sensational (13 - 17 Feb)
  • Couch Soup (Feb 13 - 17)
  • I.A. (Insomniacs Anonymous) (14 - 17 Feb)
  • Scratch 'n' Fly (12 - 16 Feb)
  • Wild Lines (9, 16 Feb)
  • The Pecking Order (12 - 15 Feb)
  • Hot Pink Bits (10 - 14 Feb)
  • Bats Theatre - Imagining Fringe
  • Bats Theatre - Valentines on the Fringe
  • Bats Theatre - Going out with a bang
  • Bats Theatre - Never fear, we're still here!

  • Dance:
  • Get Entangled! (1 - 3 Mar)
  • The Leaning Tower of Penchant (22 - 24 Feb)
  • RealHot B!tches Dance Troupe (10, 17, 24 Feb)
  • Quixotic Parables (20 - 23 Feb)
  • Footnote Perforum at the Fringe (15, 16, 22, 23 Feb)
  • Mothtick (17 - 20 Feb)
  • URBAN CONDITION Choreography By Leonie Douglas (9 - 10 Feb)

  • Music:
  • Afrobombastic Soundsystem (3 Mar)
  • King Arthur (2, 3 Mar)
  • 2 + 2 = 5 (28 Feb - 3 Mar)
  • The zibidee Show (27 Feb - 2 Mar)
  • Sound Marks (9 Feb - Mar 2)
  • Songs on the Fringe (15, 22 Feb, 1 Mar)
  • Jamming on the Edge (14, 21, 28 Feb)
  • Bouzouki Tonic (27 Feb)
  • In the Cube (22 Feb)
  • Steampunk Folktronica (16, 17 Feb)
  • SpartacusR in 'Octophonic' (15-17 Feb)
  • Dance Floor Emergency (17 Feb)
  • Dance Floor Emergency (image)

  • Visual Arts:
  • Paul Forrest: Artist at work (9 Feb - 11 Mar)
  • Cause to Pause (9 Feb - 4 Mar)
  • Sounds Like Light, Lights Like Sound (16 Feb - 3 Mar, ex. Mondays)
  • The Rock Show (16 Feb - 2 Mar)
  • Cakes of the 20th Century (20 - 24 Feb)
  • Public Announcement - A Free Fringe Comic Event (19 - 23 Feb)
  • Floating Fashion without the clothes (18 Feb)
  • Skulduggery (16, 17 Feb)
  • Malice in Wonderland (16 Feb)
  • ROARski's Wonderful World of the Carnivalesque! (15 Feb - 3 Mar)
  • Thistle Hall - Art on the Fringe - on at your community gallery
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