Kicking off on Valentine’s Day with over 100 events across three weeks, 2021 is set to be the biggest Auckland Fringe yet. This year’s programme is packed full of energetic, urgent and innovative works that will burst Tāmaki Makaurau at its seams with accessibility, eccentricity, identity and everything in between.
Audiences will tumble down a rabbit hole of wacky fringe offerings, including a performance by a ghost, a developer’s game-off, a show in a driveway, and even a dedication to the legendary Van Morrison. With walking tours, compelling theatre, passionate dance, clowning, poetry, comedy, music, live flamenco and even a little bit of bondage.
Music highlights include -
Auckland Live return with Fringe Town for another year of energetic and innovative programming in and around Aotea Square from 15 – 21 February. The line-up includes the not-for-profit Everybody Eats, making restaurant quality meals from food destined for the dump. Transforming the Auckland Town Hall into a banquet room, they aim to feed 1000 people a three-course meal in one day, with their pay-as-you-feel dining concept. Headlining the music stage is the trailblazing Māori pop collective Maimoa, winner of the 2020 Aotearoa Music Award for Te Māngai Pāho Te Kaipuoro Māori Toa, Best Māori Artist of the Year.
DISCOVER THE ECCENTRIC
At Basement Theatre, Bondage Queen JoJo Bellini presents Bondage Queen Sings the Hits. This hilarious comedy cabaret is a celebration of the body, sex positivity and 80’s music, exploring the myths and truths of BDSM and the fetish world. While at The Classic, Scottish comedian Gary Sansome brings his Edinburgh Fringe show Bald Man Sings Rihanna, taking an irreverent look at music and pop culture.
Combining storytelling, spoken word and hip-hop performances The Third Culture Kid is a film from Pakistani-born MC Emkew about growing up in Australia, battling the push and pull of cultural forces from home and society to forge his own identity. Massive Company bring their new show Te Whare Kapua: The Cloud House written by Miriama McDowell to Māngere Arts Centre during Fringe, a touching and playful tale of self-discovery and reflection.
Winners of the Spirit of the Fringe at the 2019 Auckland Fringe festival, Hobson Street Theatre Company return with Let Me Tell You About Auckland (Again), a walking tour of Auckland’s CBD with stories, some true, some maybe not so true, about the inner parts of the city you thought you knew. Residents of Selwyn Village aged care home present Oldie But A Goodie – an utterly delightful and completely free offering of pieces of poetry, samples of stories, and bites of performance.
REVEL IN EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
In Q Theatre’s Rangatira, Birdland is an unflinching look at celebrity, fame, money, legacy, and community, charged by the music of Patti Smith and The White Stripes, this is a play that pulls no punches and crowns no winner.