FRINGE IN THE MEDIA: ACCESS AND THE WEDDING
The Northern Advocate's Jenny Ling spoke to Hamish Annan of Access, and Charlie Underhill of The Wedding, about their two very different shows – set to challenge Whangārei audiences, and take them out of their comfort zones.
Access, Annan's new interactive performance, explores human connections and vulnerability by inviting the audience to explore their response to emotional expression. It involves the audience member sitting opposite him in a chair and choosing an emotion they want to share with him (anger, sadness, lust, happiness or fear). People can come and go at any time throughout the free, one-hour performance. They can choose to participate or simply observe.
The Wedding is an hour of gothic horror and comedy, exploring the story of an ill-fated wedding in the distant land of Latnovia. Created by theatre group A Fool's Company, the performance combines elements of physical theatre and clowning to explore concepts of marriage, repression of female sensuality, and puritanism. The company "were interested in looking at modern ideas of marriage and feminism... and placing the ideas in a time period that can make it quite taboo and bringing out some of the social issues we face today", says producer Charlie Underhill.
Want to know more? Read the full Northern Advocate article.
Register for Access (Tues 4 Oct, 3pm and 8.30pm).
Book tickets for The Wedding (Thurs 6 and Fri 7 Oct, 8pm).