Para­nor­mal, hip hop, mu­si­cal mur­der...

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

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.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Bright idea: Ja­cob Ta­mai­parea is Fringe Fes­ti­val.

writer and star of Lightbulb Man at the Auck­land

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