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Written by Barnaby Fredrick and Nic Sampson

at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 12 Dec 2012 to 22 Dec 2012

Reviewed by James Wenley, 17 Dec 2012
originally published in Theatre Scenes - Auckland Theatre Blog

There is something very fitting about Kim Dotcom being embraced by the acting community. Dotcom, who has transformed from an ‘evil' internet tycoon to a kiwi folk hero, has been the great story of political theatre that keeps on giving. With a flair for the dramatic himself, and a brilliant media strategy (come over and swim in my pool!), we have been transfixed by the man. 

Little wonder The Basement dreamed of having Dotcom in their annual fundraising Christmas show (sorely missed last year); they began a clever social media campaign to get his attention. And it came down to the optic-fibre-wire; while they had named their show ‘Mega Christmas', his likeness had appeared on the poster, and an understudy was ready to learn his lines, The Basement and their cohorts were still twitter-bombing Dotcom. Then: a follow. Then: Mega Christmas writers Nic Sampson and Barnaby Fredric handed him their script at the Franklin Rd Xmas lights. Then – a tweet: “I'm Santa in the #MegaChristmas play at The Basement. The funniest Xmas play ever. Get ur ticket now. Not for kids”. That drama was a show in itself.

This is all by way of saying that Dotcom has become the story of Mega Christmas. The show received, well, mega media attention.  It's a really brilliant decision for both parties – Dotcom gains extra kudos and positive reportage, The Basement is promoted as the place to be and the show becomes a mega commercial success (it was all but sold out by opening, and they added several late night shows). [More]
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