Created by Eli Matthewson & Hamish Parkinson
Directed by Dan Bain
presented by R.A.D Productions
at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 28 Feb 2013 to 2 Mar 2013
Reviewed by: Hannah Smith;
VELCRO IS BACK! AND MORE TIME EFFICIENT THAN EVER
Get ready for the visual and comedic feast of the fringe from the winners of ‘Best Comedy' at 2011 Auckland Fringe: Velcro City at The Basment Theatre, 7pm from the 26th February - 2nd of March . This live-action cartoon follows the lives of citizens in a city held together by hooks and hoops with the entire set and costumes drawn in wicked Crayola felt-tips. Eli and Hamish don onesie jumpsuits covered in Velcro strips to portray dozens of characters in the story of a city turned on its head in just under 60mins!
Eli and Hamish originally hail from Christchurch where they performed together for several years as members of the Court Jesters. Eli trained as an actor at UNITEC, with highlights including playing Lavinia in an all male production of Titus Andronichus, and has also built a strong reputation as a stand-up comedian – he performs regularly as part of FanFiction Comedy and is also a nominee for the Billy T Award in 2013.
Hamish is a video director, cartoonist, writer and performer who has worked up and down the country in a verity of roles and positions since finishing his Fine Arts Degree at Canterbury University. As a duo they won ‘Best Comedy' at the last Auckland Fringe for their show ‘Square Eye Pair', which went on to travel to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012 under the guidance of Rhys Darby and Awesomeness International.
“a sweetly whimsical hour” – thelist.co.uk
“Mathewson and Parkinson are a delight to watch”– Ben Blakely, theatreview.org.nz
“a hilarious double act” - Keeping up with NZ
“the fun they're clearly having is infectious, palpable, and an utter joy to watch” – lumiere.net.nz
“You must see it” – the script
Auckland Fringe runs from 15 February to 10 March 2013. For more Auckland Fringe information go to www.aucklandfringe.co.nz
VELCRO CITY plays
26th February - 2nd March, 7pm
Venue: The Basement Theatre Studio, Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland CBD
Bookings: iTicket – www.iticket.co.nz or 09 361 1000