Actors (from left) Hamish Parkinson and Eli Matthewson
retired the Velcro City script after its final Dunedin
Fringe Festival performance on Saturday. Photo by Peter
The script of the live-action cartoon show Velcro
was retired when its Dunedin Fringe Festival run
finished on Saturday.
In the show, actors Eli Matthewson and Hamish Parkinson wear
costumes and accessories created from paper, felt pens and
velcro to play a cast of more than 20 characters.
Mr Matthewson said the pair had taken the show to Fringe
Festivals in Wellington and Auckland and decided to close the
curtain on the polished show in Dunedin.
''Because this is our last stop, we had got it pretty
The writing of the show started in 2011 and was performed for
the first time at the Auckland Fringe early last year. It won
the best comedy award.
The Playhouse Theatre in Dunedin was the biggest space the
show had been performed in and in the theatre bigger
performances were required to reach the audience.
The Velcro City script, rather than the show, was
being retired and the pair were thinking of writing a more
global script called Velcro City 2.
''Then we can have the option of taking it to the Melbourne
or Adelaide Fringe.''
Mr Matthewson said Velcro City had too many references
for a New Zealand audience to succeed internationally.
If performers had international ambitions, Dunedin theatres,
such as the Playhouse, were ideal places for a final
performance before travelling abroad with it.
Mr Matthewson said with the Dunedin Fringe finished, the pair
had began thinking about writing their solo comedy gigs for
the New Zealand International Comedy Festival in Wellington
and Auckland from next month.
Mr Matthewson said he had planned to write his solo show in
Dunedin but had failed to start.
''I always come here thinking I'll have so much time during
the day but you end up staying out late watching other shows,
and drinking after every show, and your daytime is not very
But watching shows and socialising was an important part of
attending the Dunedin Fringe .
''To see each other's work and see what is working and how
you fit into the picture is quite important.''
Mr Matthewson said more comedians testing new shows at
Dunedin Fringe was a great idea.
''But it would mean you would need to have a show ready a
month earlier than usual - which would be a great thing - but
I'll finish writing my comedy show three days before its
first performance, I'm sure.''