As shows sell out, extra shows are added and audiences want
In the first four nights, Dunedin Fringe Festival performers
have lowered audiences inhibitions in intimate spaces to
prime the city for an emotional, physical week of fringe
Weekend highlights included Ralph McCubbin Howell's seamless
delivery of his play The Bookbinder.
Another two shows have been added, at 7.30pm and 8.45pm
tomorrow, at The Playhouse Theatre Bar - its black-tiled roof
as dark, strange yet beautiful as the award-winning play.
Another popular show, highlighted by standing room only at
The Inch Bar, was Puppet Fiction - Zed may be dead but
puppetry is alive.
Comedian Jamie Bowen had a large Fortune Theatre Studio
audience on his side as he used a heckler's face as a prop
for a Heart Goes Boom skit.
Moments earlier, the heckler, a Bill Gates look-a-like,
arrived to the show late with his partner and sat in the
front row and ridiculed Mr Bowen.
Mr Bowen then systematically broke down the hacker's bravado.
''How long have you been with him,'' Mr Bowen asked the
''Too long,'' she replied.
Artistic risk was greatly rewarded, such as This Is My
Real Job actor Lara Fischel-Chisholm being showered with
confetti as she danced to Paul Simon's Graceland in
her family home.
These first performance were certainly not warm-up acts but
have left Dunedin wanting more.
And this week's shows, including acrobatics, a love harem,
saxophone and skin, will surely be enough to satisfy. See you