PORTFOLIO OF SELECTED WORKS
Created as part of the Wild Creations programme with support from Creative New Zealand and the Department of Conservation
Hidden Tracks Go to project page
A view of Wellington City from Kāpiti Island
Be guided through the backstreets of Wellington on a ‘follow-film’ that combines city stroll with bush walk. A visually surprising and aurally lush solo experience, that blurs what was, what is and what could be. Take half an hour out to immerse yourself in nature.
2017 Nominated Most Original Production, Wellington Theatre Awards
2019 Melbourne Fringe Festival, AUS
2019 Hamilton Gardens Festival, NZ
2017 BATS Theatre, Wellington, NZ
2017 Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, UK
"I may be experiencing my home town with fresh eyes but I never feel alien doing so. I may be doing something out of the ordinary, but I am invincible because I am never alone."
Ancient Shrines and Half Truths
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★★★★ "Trip advisor meets Pokemon Go in this absurd, fantastical tour"
Ancient Shrines and Half Truths is an immersive audio experience taking place in and around an inner city park that audiences participate in via smartphone technology. The show gently satirises the concept that ‘real travellers belong everywhere’, and that anyone can be a local if their tourist experience is simply authentic enough.
A new-form, autonomous performance experience, participants choose their own journey via the smartphone app’s pick-a-path system. They meet clandestine performers in the park who create surprising and delightful intersections with the narration. Audience engage with actors, and are invited to playfully participate in fantasy tourist adventures such as being in a blockbuster film or stumbling into a fragile cultural ceremony.
2015 - 2018
Unauthorised Audio Tours Go to project page...
Binge Culture's unauthorised audio tours offer an alternative take on familiar spaces. Something like site specific theatrical podcasts. Previous audio tours include creations for the National Museum Te Papa, New World Supermarket, and Victoria University.
"The most stimulating piece of art in Wellington right now."
2017 Shortlisted Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation & Playing with Form, Edinburgh Fringe
2017 Sold Out Show, Edinburgh Fringe
2015 Spirit of the Fringe Award, Auckland Fringe
2014 Highly Commended Most Original Concept, NZ Fringe
2018 Old 505, Sydney Fringe, Australia
2018 Art House, Melbourne Fringe, Australia
2017 Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, UK
2017 Flux, Wellington, NZ
2015 La MaMa, NZ New Performance Festival, New York, USA
2015 Basement Theatre, Auckland Fringe Festival, Auckland, NZ
2014 Matchbox Studios, NZ Fringe, Wellington, NZ
Break Up [we need to talk] Go to project page...
★★★★ "The casts's incredible skill provides an unusually insightful analysis of how difficult it is to get the balance right"
There’s no easy way to do this… Five performers, five hours, one desperate conversation.
Break Up [We Need to Talk] is a darkly comic, highly collaborative and slyly competitive durational performance. It takes the most private and delicate of interpersonal acts and makes it into a spectator sport.
Five performers play two characters. One performer sits at the front, and four behind. The performers at the back speak in turn, one after the other, stepping in after the front performer speaks. Their challenge is to build a coherent character by listening closely to their fellow performers. All the while, exhaustion sets in as the five hour marathon continues, with no breaks.
Everything is improvised within a strict set of strict performance rules. Throughout the show, audiences are encouraged to come and go from this emotional tennis match as they please, and tweet their responses to the work.
★★★★ "The performances are pure brilliance"
2017 Shortlisted Fringe Sustainable Practice Award, Edinburgh Fringe
2015 Spirit of the Fringe Award, Auckland Fringe
2013 Best in Fringe, NZ Fringe Festival
2013 CNZ Award for Innovation, NZ Fringe Festival
2013 Outdoor Award, NZ Fringe Festival
2019 Shared Lines Kaikoura, NZ
2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, UK
2017 Pik 'n' Mix, Auckland Live, Auckland NZ
2017 National Children's Festival, Wellington, NZ
2016 Dunedin Arts Festival, NZ
2015 Tauranga Arts Festival, NZ
2015 Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival, NZ
2015 Auckland Live, Auckland Fringe Festival, NZ
2014 National Whale Centre, Picton, NZ
2015 Splore Festival, Tapapakanga Regional Park, NZ
2013 NZ Fringe Festival, Wellington, NZ
Whales Go to project page...
"A remarkable happening"
Binge Culture’s Whales is a community-building event in which strangers on the street suddenly find themselves working together to save a pod of stranded whales and help them back into the ocean.
Fifteen or more performers embody a pod of pilot whales. Dressed in black wetsuits with crude flippers strapped to their arms, the whales emerge and ‘swim’ slowly across the land. Past surprised spectators, the pod glides serenely through the crowds, only to become stranded.
Binge Culture performers dressed in hi-vis arrive to co-ordinate the rescue, enlisting audience volunteers to help out. Working in teams to fill buckets with water and using the wet towels to keep the animals cool - they sit and talk and even sing to the whales.
The performance ends with the audience refloating the whales, re-orientating and, as the 'tide comes in', forming a human chain to usher the whales out to sea. Saving the whales is a beautifully simple action, which encourages broad public immersion into the fiction.