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10 Things Not To Miss At This Year’s Auckland Fringe Festival

By Martha Brooke
15th Feb 2017

10 Things Not To Miss At This Year's Auckland Fringe Festival

One of the most anticipated events of the year is back and this year, it’s bigger, bolder and better than the last. That’s right, Auckland Fringe Festival is here for 2017!

Boasting a line-up of some of the most unique, incredibly talented and diverse performances ever seen, there is certainly something for everyone. From comedy slots and cabaret, to cultural shows and out-of-the-box poetry pieces, Auckland Fringe is a celebration of artistry, talent and all things wonderful. Held in some of Auckland’s most-loved spaces, there is no excuse not to catch a show near you.

Read on to discover some of the not-to-be-missed events of this year’s fest.

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

Feminism is one of the most frequented topics in history and is a badge worn proudly by most women (and men!). Women worldwide have fought some battles in their time—the right to vote, equal pay and one that has hit the media more recently: my body, my choice. This fantastically fearless show, shows homage to all things feminism and on a raw, somewhat messy and extremely powerful level. It shows—once and for all—that women are and always will be, a force to be reckoned with.

Where: Basement Theatre
When: 15 February—11 March
For more information, click here.

Spirit House

In the same art studio, two different men, in two different times, both 85 years apart, are visited by the same woman, but what exactly does she want? This theatrical piece will explore the depths of fantasy and reality and showcase just exactly what it means to be an artist, a lover and a human. This critically acclaimed piece of world cinema cannot and should not be missed.

Where: Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
When: 16 February—5 March
For more information, click here.

The Nannas And The Poppas

These are your grannies and grandads like you’ve never seen them before. The Nannas And The Poppas aren’t the type to give you wet, sloppy kisses and darn your holy socks—nope, these are the type to rock your cotton socks right off! This rogue band of geriatric rockers have time travelled back from the year 2067 to hit the stage and relive their much younger glory days. Performing hits from the King of Pop to Queen B, you’ll be throwing your zimmer frame to the curb in no time!

Where: Loft, Q Theatre
When: 21—25 February
For more information, click here.

The Last Man On Earth Is Trapped In A Supermarket

We’ve all been there at some stage in our lives—whether you’re a toddler who has misplaced their mummy, or a fully grown adult getting lost amongst the aisles, getting lost in the supermarket is never a fun time. However, have you ever been stuck in Countdown whilst an apocalypse happens around you? Didn’t think so. Join Tom, in this comical piece of puppet-thriller theatre, as he tries his best to escape from this hellish nightmare!

Where: Q Theatre
When: 21—25 February
For more information, click here.

Charmain Hughues | Soixante Mirth

She’s come all the way from London and she is getting ready to make you question you, your life choices and whether you have actually become the person you always wanted to be. Charmain brings her critically acclaimed show to Auckland, where time-travel and comedy meet as she encounters earlier versions of her current self. A thought-provoking, highly riveting and a laugh-a-minute show, this is one not to be missed!

Where: Q Theatre
When: 21—25 February
For more information, click here.

Giggle Nibbles

Five brilliantly funny comedians, one utterly laugh-out-loud night. Well, two if you go to both viewings, but you catch our drift. Offering a pay-what-you-will ticket scheme, punters of this event will have the chance to witness some of the best up-and-coming comedians this side of town. With diversity, quick wit, one-liners and a whole host of rofl-worthy anecdotes, this is one hell of a cheap and cheerful show!

Where: Everybody’s and Thirsty Dog
When: 23 February and 1 March
For more information, click here.

Tomás Ford’s Chase

Unfortunately, we don’t think that Tomás Ford will be getting cast for the new James Bond film anytime soon. Although a charming ladies man by night, Mr Ford, however, lacks the much-needed skills to fit your stereotypical assassin mold. Join Tomás as he embarks on a worldly manhunt without realising that—in fact—he is the one being hunted. A funny, musically infused show that will raise the hairs on your neck and knock you right out of your seat!

Where: Q Theatre
When: 28 February—4 March
For more information, click here.

Coco For Rococo

Enter a world where Nicole and Ewen wouldn’t look out of place. Where lavish costumes and naughty, tantalising dances live…welcome to Coco For Rococo! Take a trip back to the backstreets of France and hear stories and tales from the people of the French Aristocracy. Told through cabaret, dance, burlesque and many more forms, this really is a show for the senses!

Where: Encore Cabaret
When: 1 March—4 March
For more information, click here.

Prodigal Son, The Musical

Have you ever had the chance to watch a hip-hop musical? If not, now you can! In Mount Eden’s very own creative hub, The Spreading Tree, visitors have the chance to watch, listen and marvel at Prodigal Son, The Musical. The short story is told through hip-hop with a supporting live band! For a completely new and unique experience, this is the one to watch!

Where: The Spreading Tree
When: 1—4 March
For more information, click here.

The Epidemical Existence Of A Personal Malfunction At The Age Of A Twenty Something

We’ve all been there. In fact, the majority of us are all there round-about now. Being a twenty-something is pretty damn hard, let’s face it. With the twenties supposed to be some of the best years of your life, sometimes it can be pretty tough to see through the student debt re-payments and whether or not you should buy chicken or beef-flavoured Mi Goreng. Either way, the incredible team behind this Fringe Fest show, manage to epitomise and showcase that being twenty-something is hard, but it is—in fact—okay to be so! You don’t wanna miss out!

Where: Garnet Station
When: 2—5 March
For more information, click here.

Image credit: Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

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