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22 Mar 2019

Rotorua's first Fringe Festival to be staged next month

Rotorua’s first Fringe Festival will feature world-class theatre from local and international talent next month. The week-long inaugural performing arts festival will run from April 6 to 13.

Performances will be shown at different locations, including at the Rotorua Little Theatre, Te Papa Takaro o Te Arawa Marae (Taharangi), a pop-up artist space at 1201 Eruera St, the Rotorua Night Market and Te Manawa.

First to perform will be a new work from Waikato emerging artists Cian Paige Gardiner and Karina Nathan with their theatrical offering titled Rauru.

The play follows three generations of Māori women in one whānau surrounding a major family event. The title takes its name from the traditional rauru weaving pattern and in te reo Māori means umbilical cord. Want more information on dates etc? Find the event here.

For the full festival programme, go to Rotorua Fringe Festival Facebook Page or Eventbrite.

The Fringe Festival programme includes:

  • Local theatre collective Big Picture Minor Deets
  • Kingi Biddle with original storytelling in his one-hour programme Ki Tua o Taharangi at Taharangi Marae, Tārewa Rd
  • Tour-de-force Wellington Actress Katherine McGill with her one woman show Weave
  • Ahānau country/folk band the Harmonic Resonators at The Night Market on April 11 from 6pm
  • Famous vampire Deacon (Jonathan Brugh) from What We Do in the Shadows with this one-man comedy show about bringing his ex-girlfriend back from the dead
  • Big Little Circus with two free shows at Te Manawa (the old city focus)