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.

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