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Written and produced by Nataliya Oryshchuk
Co-directed by Nataliya Oryshchuk and Damien McGrath

[40 mins]

at Gryphon, Wellington
From 14 Feb 2013 to 17 Feb 2013

Reviewed by:  Caoilinn HughesLaurie Atkinson [Reproduced with permission of Fairfax Media] (The Dominion Post);

Beautiful Disaster Strikes Wellington  

Christchurch crew brings a china-smashing story of fear, tea, disasters and freedom  

“Do you believe in disasters? In Christchurch, we do” – says Nataliya Oryshchuk, the producer and the lead actress of the show My Beautiful Disaster.

After its first successful season in Christchurch, My Beautiful Disaster is coming to the Wellington Fringe Festival, at the
Gryphon Theatre,
14-17 February 2013
at 6.30pm.

The Christchurch performers are keen to share their story with a Wellington audience.

... Lonely Frau Agnieszka lives in a big house by the sea. Surrounded by her lovely tea cups and other knick-knacks, she is deeply afraid of the unknown disaster that creeps closer with every tick of the clock… 

The unknown disaster that creeps closer with every tick of the clock…

Inspired by the works of Tove Jansson, our show strongly relates to the earthquake experiences of Christchurch residents. At times funny, at times frightening, it combines comedy, drama, physical theatre and circus to tell the story of imaginary and real disasters, emotional liberation and re-birth.

At times funny, at times frightening, this show combines comedy, drama and physical theatre to tell the story of imaginary and real disasters.

Members of the Christchurch audience commented:

“So expressive, so personal, such huge onstage personality. A delightful piece of theatre/performance art reflecting on the power of catastrophe as a cathartic release from fear, routine, mundanity…” (Daniel Webster, Christchurch)

 “Crisp, honest, never pretentious and a bit different. This piece is a cameo: a very pure and simple little story with a gloriously real and affirming end… It is a beautiful, moving thing to see and share” (Nona Verwoerd, Canterbury)

“Excellent show! Great visuals and some nice eerie moods” (John Boyce, Christchurch)

This physical theatre project was awarded the 2012 Scribble Circus Fund and features Ukrainian-born Christchurch-based theatre and circus performer Nataliya Oryshchuk (Agnieszka, producer, script-writer), actress Stephanie Cusick (Gunda), and the dancers and acrobats Cameron Mason, K.B.G. Purple and Amber Liberte (Creepy-Crawlies). Co-directed by Nataliya Oryshchuk and Damien McGrath, original music and soundscape by Charlotte Crone.

It is a family friendly show, though young children might find some scenes frightening. Recommended age PG10. Duration approximately 40 minutes. Tickets $15/$12. Book on