The Dark Room flies Solo for new festival
The first of its kind downunder, The Dark Room, Palmerston North’s alternate theatre space, is hosting a solo performance festival next week that boasts an awardwinning lineup.
The SOLO Festival opens next Wednesday with two nights of performance poetry from awardwinning Theatre Beating performer Jess Holly Bates. Real Fake White Dirt is a celebration and critique of the Pakeha condition in New Zealand.
The ‘‘fresh, funny’’ interdisciplinary performance has played to packed houses in London and Edinburgh, and Real Fake White Dirt directed by Geoff Pinfield plays next Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 at 6pm.
Cue comedian Freya Desmarais, who presented her solo performance Home at The Dark Room a week or so ago. This time Freya is performing Live Orgy, the play that won the Social Impact Special Award at the Auckland Fringe and was declared the festival’s ‘‘#1 Fringiest Moment’’ by Metro magazine.
It’s an X-rated out-there sex-positive sexual guilt-free zone that should be avoided by the prudish, the unadventurous, and the fainthearted.
Live Orgy plays next Wednesday and Thursday at 8pm.
Two other pieces, Everything Is Surrounded By Water and The Lola Show follow on Friday 11 and Saturday 12.
SOLO bookings are online through Centrepoint Theatre.
Jess Holly Bates in her performance poetry piece Real Fake White Dirt, which opens the SOLO Festival in The Dark Room next Wednesday evening.