Paranormal, hip hop, musical murder...
An Auckland bright spark will be lighting up the stage as the city’s first fringe festival begins tonight.
Grey Lynn resident Jacob Tamaiparea is the writer and star of Lightbulb Man, which opens the Fringe Festival at the Basement Theatre tonight.
Jacob describes the play as a paranormal, hip hop, musical murder mystery.
Two actors and two musicians tell the story of Lightbulb Man, a character he invented for a comic book series he wrote when he was 12.
He says Lightbulb Man started off as a simple stick figure, who has the power to disappear and reappear.
Jacob, who plays the main character, says performing with a lit lampshade on his head has been a little risky at times.
“During performance or rehearsal I’m due for one shock at least. I haven’t had it yet though.”
The events in the story unfold in an unusual order so Jacob says audiences will have to do a little work.
“When you put lyrics and acting into the comic book story, I thought it could be quite cool.”
He assures people that although the play sounds bizarre, it is really quite a simple story.
“When things are a little too weird it’s annoying.
“I tried to make it a really strong story with a lot of incidental things along the way.”
Although he wrote the play last year, he said he took his time finding the right people for the parts.
Rangi Rangitukunoa stars alongside Jacob and hip hop duo Brothers Mainwaring provide the live soundtrack.
He has written plays before but says this is the first one that’s come to fruition.
“In this cool festival, it’s just right.”
Although the Basement Theatre will act as a base for this year’s inaugural Fringe Festival, venues include alternative spaces across the city ranging from paddocks, churches, streets and beaches as well as galleries and small theatres.
The festival organisers sought interested artists in September last year and were inundated with responses.
During the next three weeks more than 75 emerging artists will present their alternative works to the city.
Lightbulb Man is on at the Auckland Fringe Festival tonight at the Basement Theatre at 6.30pm followed by The Dirty Brothers physical comedy called The Dark Party at 8.30pm.
For more information on the Fringe Festival or tickets phone The Edge, 357-3355.
Bright idea: Jacob Tamaiparea is Fringe Festival.
writer and star of Lightbulb Man at the Auckland