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By Cally O’Neill, Tanya Drewery, Phoebe Smith
Directed by Deborah Pope
Produced by Cally O’Neill
CO OP Co-operative Ltd

at Cuba Mall, just north of Left Bank, Wellington
From 28 Feb 2013 to 9 Mar 2013

Reviewed by:  Fiona McNamara;

A scandalous sensory experience; a street light circus.  

Behold the street; the front lawn of the public voice! Award winning performers, musicians and production crew bring contemporary circus to the centre of town – in a startling fashion. Multi-disciplinary circus, theatre, comedy, dance, costume, installation, an original sound track and live music are tools to re-contextualise the urban environment and pose questions around some pre-conceived notions. 

This piece is a moment about being active, passionate and full of hope. It's about laughing with ourselves and seeking great experience. Come and be part of an installation; an interactive interruption to the daily narrative. We will provide the sensory splendour and delicious food for thought.

In and Out of Context is a free/koha event and for everyone! Bring the whole family, bring someone you're keen to impress, if they're impressed make a donation! (This will impress them further.) Just make sure you're on Cuba Street during the Wellington Fringe Festival and delve into a comedy about the many aspects of graphic information in our lives and throughout the public domain. This show will have you laughing, inspired, surprised and sure to leave with more than just a question.

The crew:

Visualised and developed by a fresh face in circus; musician, actress and circus performer Cally O'Neill tells this story with the help of Tanya Drewery the brilliant, hilarious and stunning Magenta Diamond; a full time performer and circus instructor. Circus addict, training architect and evolving social entrepreneur Cally's company CO OP Co-operative is producer of the show.

Tanya has over a decade of international experience from circus to contemporary and corporate entertainment and is monumental to the New Zealand neo-burlesque scene. Known for fearlessly crossing the line Tanya has received far too many awards to list and has lead iconic events such as New Zealand's own Fetish Ball and the highly commended Fringe show ‘Step up Darlings, It's Ten-in-One'. She has been a strong creative force in Wellington based circus company Fuse Circus since it began with the multi-award winning production ‘Heavenly Burlesque'. You may have seen her lately as MC and a star in the on-going Fuse production ‘Revolver Circus' and most recently as a featured performer for the Hobbit premiere. Now, in the spirit of creative collaboration this duo along with some fine friends and guests take us on a pathway filled with art, joy, beauty, skill and deep intent.

Deborah Pope is a name that needs no introduction when it comes to New Zealand circus. Her repertoire is vast and internationally acclaimed from producing, writing and directing large scale events to projecting her energy into the NZ circus industry and continuing to produce top level skill and shows. She is creator of Awkward Productions, Wellington Festival of Circus, Wellington Youth Circus and executes a lead role in the Wellington Circus Trust. Now In and Out of Context have the great fortune of having Deb direct the show.

Star musicians – who we won't name just yet, a cameo comedian and a top production rigger continue the evolving list of talent involved in this production. That's not to mention the incredible achievements of other supporters and sponsors!

The street holds the stage for a revealing beauty; a startling interruption to the daily narrative.

In and Out of Context 

WHERE? Cuba Mall, just north of Left Bank
WHEN? 28th of February to the 9th of March 2013 – Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights @ 8:30pm for two consecutive weeks during Fringe Wellington!

ALSO! Showing in the Dunedin Fringe Festival 14th to the 24th of March 2013 – Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights @ 8:30pm for two consecutive weeks
WHERE? In the Octagon!

The Team

Cally O'Neill – Producer/writer/performer – Director of CO OP Co-operative Ltd; member of the Wellington Circus Trust; and, employee of Athfield Architects Ltd.

Tanya Drewery – Writer/performer – Self-employed as The Magenta Diamond and multi-disciplinary performer; Circus instructor at the Wellington Circus Trust; employee of Fuse Circus

Phoebe Smith – Actress/comedian – Freelance actress and playwright

Deborah Pope – Director – Director of Awkward Productions and the Wellington Circus Trust

Andrew Gibson – Production Rigger – Director of Entertainment Production Services Ltd.

Tom Beauchamp – Production Rigger/Stage Manager – Director of Fuse Circus

Guest musicians – to be confirmed