This is Steve

6 October, Common Room Fringe in the ‘Stings 2017 A last-minute shift sees Cameron McLeod’s This is Steve show move from its scheduled venue to the garden bar of Common Room. The crowd is a patchwork of audience pinched from the show before and people who have come in early before their event, which is…

Jacob’s Party

7 October, Hastings Function Centre Fringe in the ‘Stings 2017 Jacob and I are friends. I’ve played musical statues at his 8th birthday, snuck Midori into his 17th, and shared kind words and tequila shots with him at his 21st. It’s all part of a show, I know, but it feels kind of real. Such…

Pretending Things Are A Cock

6 October, Common Room Fringe in the ‘Stings 2017 Jon Bennett’s got a problem. He pretends things are cocks. And by the end of an hour of his side-splitting show of story and slides you just might find yourself indulging in a spot of phallomorphism yourself. No, don’t bother looking it up, it’s not a…

Oops I Did it Again

6 October, Common Room Fringe in the ‘Stings 2017 I found Sera Devcich intriguing to watch: she was confident, gorgeous, and engaging. I loved the way she moved around Common Room’s funky stage, creasing her face into numerous comical expressions, and effectively using her physicality to the point it was hard to take your eyes…

Ladylike: A Modern Guide to Etiquette

6 October, Hastings Function Centre Fringe in the ‘Stings 2017 Louise Beuvink enters to three seconds of the Andrew’s Sisters’ trumpet sounds wearing a forties dress, flared and waisted. This type of ‘waisted’ is never mentioned however. She opens by thanking Hastings for packing out the venue for her. She is genuine and has us…

Auaha

6 October, The Eastbourne Fringe in the ‘Stings 2017 Hākina, hāputa / hākina, hāputa / In gentle immediacy, / hākina, hāputa, / I flitted resonantly / To stone shores of Whanganui / hākina, hāputa / tihei mauri ora. And greeted we are in soundscapes fluid and flourished by Pahupounamu, Putorino, Tumutumu, Kōauau, Putatara, and Nguru….

Kozo Kaos

6 October, Green Room, Hastings Fringe in the ‘Stings 2017 There’s an electric zing in the air at the Green Room. Kids sit round café tables playing at grown-ups, quaffing orange juice from wine glasses, while grown-ups who want a second crack at childhood sip on the real deal and wait for the circus to…

Once Upon a Something

6 October, The Eastbourne, Hastings Fringe in the ‘Stings 2017 It’s what George Fenn dryly calls the “start of the show”, a unique, never to be repeated, impromptu performance about to be created with and for us. The gentle spadework has been done, our entertainers have chatted comfortably with audience: half and half, children and…

Tom Knowles – Allergic to Love

5 October, Hastings Function Centre Fringe in the ‘Stings 2017 Tom Knowles and his band’s show Allergic to Love – curse of the 80s far exceeded any expectations I could have thought up for an 80s inspired rock opera. I was picturing 80s song covers, heavy gimmick and spandex. I found spandex, sure, leopard print…

Hastings AF

Fringe in the ‘Stings, happening on the Eastern end of Heretaunga Street, makes me forget we just survived a winter. Thanks to James Nokise and Tom Knowles , I manage to laugh off any stony winter residue and even look forward to summer nights in Hastings. What’s really fulfilling is that we get a full…

James Nokise – Talk a Big Game

5 October, Green Room Fringe in the ‘Stings 2017 James Nokise is my cousin. Well, I can’t actually prove that but, being a Samoan, I’m going to claim him as that. Before Australia does. We all know Nokise by now, his intelligent cheek and political satire, his Edinburgh Fringe Festival success and of course, his…

George Fenn – Router Sidewalker

5 October, Albert Park Fringe in the ‘Stings 2017 Street Theatre. Who can ever predict the outcome? Under a cold grey sky, six of us chatted before becoming aware of being stalked by a guy with a blue broom and one roller blade. He was early. Odd. “Like a cat, you know, ignore it and…