Written and performed by Trygve Wakenshaw
presented by Theatre Beating
at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 6 Mar 2013 to 9 Mar 2013
BATS - Out Of Site - Cnr Cuba & Dixon, Wellington
From 17 Apr 2013 to 20 Apr 2013
Reviewed by: Heidi North-Bailey; John Smythe;
TRYGVE WAKENSHAW'S SQUIDBOY HITS AUCKLAND BEFORE EDINBURGH FRINGE.
A squid in an elevator. An exploding cow. A sheep that unzips. Ornamental Japanese lawn. What will happen? Nobody knows. Not even the squid.
Trygve Wakenshaw (pronounced trig-vee) is a New Zealand born actor and comedian, now based in London after two years of study in Paris at Ecole Philippe Gaulier, the prestigious clown school with alumni including Sasha Baron-Cohen, Emma Thompson and founding members of Complicite and Spymonkey. Just before Trygve left NZ he was awarded Metro magazine's Best Emerging Actor.
“Laugh out loud funny” (Fringe Review)
Theatre Beating was formed by Trygve Wakenshaw and Barnie Duncan in 2003 as a means to create and produce the kind of physical, comedic, and devised theatre that they believe their mates would want to see. Theatre Beating has won awards: Best Comedy Fringe '04 for Happy Hour for Miserable Children, Best Outdoor Fringe 2006 for This is a Plum, STAMP award 2011 for Constantinople.
Their family friendly show The Magic Chicken enjoyed huge success in Auckland and through the regions of New Zealand last year, and will take to the stage again in Wellington just days after Squidboy closes in Auckland.
“This little piece is a gem; the stage antics were clever and very well orchestrated and the acting was bizarre but totally effective and heartfelt. I want what he's having – what a hoot. Anyone with imagination should experience this show!” (Rip It Up)
In the vein of Wile E Coyote, and the traditions of clown, Squidboy explores the unrelenting adversity caused by an actively malicious universe upon a really good, and very intelligent, squid. Squidboy is an absurd wriggly mix of playful physicality, absolute lies, aquatic pride and mischief.
It is about an imaginary friend who makes imaginary friends who make imaginary enemies who make imaginary armies out of imaginary Scotsmen.
“This inventive and imaginative character is one of the finest original ideas I've seen this Fringe. Don't miss it.” (Heckler)
Auckland Fringe runs from 15 February to 10 March 2013. For more Auckland Fringe information go to www.aucklandfringe.co.nz
WINNER: Auckland Fringe Award for Best Performance, 2013
"An hour of pure whimsy and imagination." – The Advertiser
“Laugh out loud funny.” – Fringe Review, 4 STARS
"I promise you will leave with a feeling of contentment, whimsy and just a dash of excitement." - Theatre People, 4 STARS
"Impossible not to love." Theatreview
BATS Out Of Site
Wed 17 – Sat 20 April, 8.30pm
All tickets $15.00