Two hours of
''entertainment foreplay'' left hundreds of Dunedin residents
wanting more at the gala opening of the Dunedin Fringe
Festival last night.
About 300 people were welcomed at the Town Hall with a love
song by local band Tahu and the Takahes.
Auckland comedian and MC Andrew Clay took the stage to
explain the evening's purpose.
''It's a potpourri, an entertainment foreplay,'' he said.
Each festival act gave a taste of things to come, in the hope
of inspiring people to attend full shows during the next
Festival director Paul Smith was enthusiastic about this
year's line-up and the use of new venues.
It was the first time the gala opening had been held in the
Town Hall, he said.
Disco lights and black drapes gave the event a fancy feel, as
people were seated around small round tables with glasses of
This year's Fringe starts in earnest today and offers 10 days
of music, theatre, comedy, circus, burlesque, film and visual
Pick of the Fringe
• Tahu Mackenzie, The Festival Club,
March 13-15, 20-22.
• Finding Hephzibah, Fortune Theatre
Studio, March 20-22.
• In Flagrante, Mayfair Theatre,
• Carousel and Clothesline,
King's & Queen's Performing Arts Centre, March 20-22.
• Andrew Clay, Jamie Bowen, Tevita
Manukia and Heidi O'Loughlin, Dunedin Town Hall, tonight.
• Puppet Fiction, Inch Bar, tonight
until March 16.
• Samin Son, Blue Oyster Art
Project Space, March 13-23.