We've arrived! No time to waste. First job: explore the venues. For Ancient Shrines, that means walking in a park and along streets we've been studying on google maps for months. Oli: 'I'm so much more excited to see an ATM outside of a BestOne shop that I am to see anything else I've seen so far'.
Where: Flux at Wellington Museum
We're stoked to be mentioned (right there near the top) in Lyn Gardner's picks for the Edinburgh Fringe, alongside old mates Trick of the Light Theatre and Jane Doe.
That's right. After a long and suspenseful build up, Binge Culture will finally be unleashed upon Edinburgh in 2017. We are taking a suite of our best and most varied work to Edinburgh, in a desperate attempt to be noticed.
Embodying the definitely not destructive attitude of go hard or go home, we will be taking not one, not two, but three whole shows for a total of more than 50 performances over 25 days. Will we burn bright, burn out, or crash and burn?
What's that? Stop the press! Turns out you too can see Lyn's pick right here in NZ at our Break Up (Edinburgh Fringe Fundraiser) while simultaneously helping to keep us housed fed and watered while on our Scottish quest. Pure dead brilliant.
To do this you can pop in for a bit of our five hour durational monster, indulge in some schadenfreude, and koha either some real cash $ or mainline it straight into our bank account. Every dollar donated increases the stakes.
We will then fly to Edinburgh and perform Break Up alongside with our brand new work Ancient Shrines and Half Truths, and pod favourite, Whales pretty much nonstop over the month of August.
Being a Binge Culture whale means swimming majestically through the streets, believing you are the largest animal ever to have lived on planet Earth, communicating with your pod through your whale song, flapping your fins against the water, rolling on your back and gurgling in the sun, and stranding and being saved by friendly humans. Being a whale is a wonderful experience. You will strand near the sea and the public will be invited to care for you, placing wet towels on your backs and singing to you, then eventually holding hands and guiding you to safety.
Whales has been staged six times throughout New Zealand. Check out the details here.
Whales is a community event, and always our performers have been volunteers. We really hope you’d like to get on board and join us for this upcoming show!
Show and Rehearsal Details/Requirements
Whales is HEAPS of fun with hardly any time commitment needed - the perfect performance experience :)
2 hours of rehearsal and costume fitting, in which you are fitted into a wetsuit and plastic fins, and trained in how to move and strand as a whale pod. Saturday morning 10am-12pm
-1 hour break and pre-performance preparation: 12pm-1pm
-1 hour street performance 1-2pm
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information
1. Are you happy to perform as a beached whale and lie on the ground in the Octagon with people pouring water on your back?
2. Do you have your own wetsuit? If not, please provide your size.
3. Your contact email and phone number
4. Are you over 16? If not, you are welcome to perform with us, but let us know how old you are and we ask that you have an adult caregiver who is responsible for keeping an eye on you during the show
"Sir, a pigeon has arrived, with news from Binge Culture."
"Tis dated 13 March...
"Fringe is Frung! Thanks to everyone who was part of Slow Lane, attended or performed in Scratch Nacht, or entered the New World in Welly, Dunedin or Hamilton. It’s been fun.
"That's all it says."
"What is it?"
"From Binge Culture again?"
"Yes, this one dated 1 May...
"In April, Joel collaborated with Karin McCracken, Jo Randerson, Anya Tate-Manning, Maria Williams, Meg Rollandi and Nick Zwart to create A Trial.
The show followed court procedures and involved a defamation case about TVNZ's controversial Kiwimeter and took place over 5 nights. Witnesses and the jury were drawn from the public.
"It ends by saying they hope to present another case in the near future."
"What is it, my darling?"
"You have a pigeon on your head."
Slow Lane kicks off next Monday on Lambton Quay, 12.30-1.30. Come along and take it slow, you might like it.
Enter the New World has launched, there's a cool review here. Its our audio adventure for supermarkets.
Scratch Nacht is joining forces with NZ Fringe Festival to bring you not one but TWO Scratch Nacht's - meow! We are creating unique spaces for your wonderful old off-cuts and bright new dreams to see the light of day - err dark of night - during Fringe. Our Fringe event last year was a huge success with over 150 guests, 20 acts, 3 live bands and 2 noise complaints - so don’t miss out on our next wild nacht! We're open to any and all performances, so feel free to spread the word wide and far!
Voice your excitement and deep interest or mild curiosity and half baked ideas by sending an email to email@example.com with your idea and preferred date (do it soon and definitely before Wed 10 Feb). Please don't hit reply on this thread we don't all need to know that you're interested, lets keep the mystery alive.
Common and awesome FAQ's:
Where is it? Venues are secret for now. Each venue will have a Main Stage and smaller rooms, corridors, nooks and crannies for installations, roaming characters etc. (Ask for more info if you require specific specs).
What time is it? The two separate events will consist of a Scratch Noon from 4ish - 10ish (followed by an after party) and a Scratch Nacht from 7ish - late. Details are still being confirmed but we will let you know ASAP.
What is a Scratch Nacht? It's a Scratch Night that is off-the-chain. A celebratory night where performance and art fills a whole building until it explodes into a dance party.
What is a Scratch Night? Scratch Nights are highly successful form that exist as spaces where artists are invited to contribute short works that set explorations into strange new performance territory. Designed to give artists the opportunity to test out their riskier ideas free from the 'bottom line' of a traditional performance venture, you, the artist are free to perform the most bold, bizarre and daring works presentable.
What should I do? Read the pretty blue thing below for ideas.
How do I find people to make work with? Scratch Nacht are passionate about fostering collaborative and multidisciplinary work, so please let us know if you would like help finding collaborators or if you would like an introduction to that artist crush you've been harbouring.
How can I get involved without performing? Contact us, tell us what you like doing. We have plenty of jobs that need done, especially on the event day.
How do I get in touch? Contact us by sending a separate email before Wed 10 Feb to register interest. If you are unsure about your idea you are better to contact us sooner rather than later. This way we can talk out the idea and figure out how to make it work.
We can't wait for your ideas,
Then you may be interested in applying for one of Binge Culture's two Summer Internship positions.
We are seeking two enthusiastic go-getters to assist us in wrangling the kaleidoscopic octopus that is Binge Culture during one of our busiest times of the year. This will involve assisting Binge Culture to manage the various branches of their work, as well as being responsible for specific roles on individual Fringe projects.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a full job description and how to apply.
If you enjoy things like Litcrawl, enjoy alternative takes on art, and would like come along, you can book here.
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