Festival flies Solo
The inaugural Solo Festival in The Dark Room opens tonight. Four pieces over four nights from four quite different solo performers makes this a first in Australiasia according to the Dark Room’s Nathan Mudge.
Tonight and tomorow at 6pm sees award-winning Theatre Beating performer Jess Holly Bates in performance poetry piece Real Fake White Dirt. For Jess, the poetic form provides a vehicle to celebrate and critique Pakeha society in an accessible and entertaining way.
At 8pm, comedian Freya Desmarais returns for her inyour-face sexually explicit Auckland Fringe sensation, Live Orgy, winner of the festival’s Social Impact Special Award and rated Metro magazine’s ‘‘#1 Fringiest Moment’’.
Those of a strait-laced, moralistic, easily-offended disposition should avoid Live Orgy and its giant vulva prop which is on tonight and tomorow night.
Everything Is Surrounded By Water is the brain-child of my accomplice co-creative directors Uther Dean and Hannah Banks. Its Wellington Fringe season ballooned solely through word of mouth, to 43 performances over two and a half weeks. Water is a first-person account detailing a series of mysterious happenings in a man’s life that involve cuttlefish, while connecting to the day when, at the age of seven, he sold his soul to his best friend. For a chip.
‘‘We wanted to make a show about our own dealings with mental illness,’’ Uther says, ‘‘but without making it preachy or maudlin. We realised pretty quickly that it meant it needed to be both true and magical. And what is more magic and more true than real life?’’
Everything Is Surrounded By Water plays Friday and Saturday, September 11 – 12 at 6pm.
Manawatu performer Ian Harman closes the festival by unleashing Lola, his burlesque alter-ego.
Hot from sellout Globe Theatre performances of Hotel D’Amour with The Boom Boom Room, Lola returns in a version of The Lola Show first staged at the Globe last July.
‘‘A little bit cabaret, a little bit burlesque and a lot about relationships, love, and laughter’’, the fusion of stage magic, comedy, costume, song and dance is a response to patrons of the popular burlesque shows wanting more Lola.
‘‘I love being Lola on stage,’’ Ian says. ‘‘I have freedom with Lola. With an abundance of both masculine and feminine qualities, Lola can go in any direction theatrically. It means I can get away with everything.’’
The Lola Show plays Friday and Saturday, September 11 – 12 at 8pm.
Bookings for Solo performances are available online at thedarkroomnz.com and through Centrepoint Theatre.
The inimitable Lola on the lam from the Boom Boom Room Burlesque, and on the ran-tan in the Dark Room for the Solo festival this week.