Fringe at the Gryphon
The FatG brings you a variety of theatrical performances in the heart of Wellington's Cuba Quarter during New Zealand Fringe Festival. With theatre, comedy, improv, cabaret and more, plus something for the little ones, FatG has your fringe covered!
All tickets available from fringe.co.nz - booking fees apply
CREATIVE SPACES CAPSULE
VISUAL ARTS | VARIOUS ARTISTS
6pm - Late, 15 Feb - 25 Feb, Free (FatG Foyer)
From Invercargill to Auckland, the Creative Spaces Capsule exhibition is a result of a cumulative art tour by Creative Spaces throughout New Zealand. At the landing of the capsule, each space added a creative element to the capsule and now you can check out this exciting and eclectic range of artworks that reflect the talent of Aotearoa artists from creative spaces.
Creative Spaces are organisations where people are supported to make art and participate in artistic activities. Artists often have a disability, a lived experience of mental ill health or in need of a boost to improve their health and wellbeing through art. Creative spaces provide space, resources, and assistance in ways that will lead to self-expression, empowerment and self-development.
Join us and celebrate the talent and imagination of these creative communities.
CAKE! A DELICIOUS LATE NIGHT CABARET
CABARET | VARIOUS
Birthday Party - 8:00pm - Koha entry
Then... A Different Cabaret every night! 9:30 pm, 16-18 Feb
Hungry? Treat yourself to a tasty late-night cabaret stuffed full of some of the sauciest acts the Fringe Fest has to offer. We’re celebrating our fifth birthday at Fringe At The Gryphon with a whole week of finger-lickin’ good birthday party activities sure to satisfy your cravings. Our outrageous Birthday Party on Wednesday 15th Feb (koha entry, epic drink deals and shows all night) is followed up with three different delicious variety shows - each night a completely fresh serving of comedy, strip-tease, drag, dance, music and more.
EASY LIVING: LIFE IN A SMALL TOWN
IMPROV, THEATRE | PLAYSHOP
6:30 pm 16-18 Feb; 5:30pm 19 Feb; F $16 / C $14 / FA $12
A slice-of-life celebration of small town simplicity, where everyone knows your name, loves your community, and shares in the ups and downs of life. Easy Living is a character-based journey through the many personalities from home, for the small town kid in all of us.
From the award winning company that brought you 10 Things I Hate About Us (Best Improv NZ Fringe 2015), Admen, Suddenly! A Musical, and the regular comedy night Playshop Live at BATS Theatre, this is a new work for anyone who’s ever come from anywhere and wants to go back.
WOMEN RUIN EVERYTHING
MUSIC, COMEDY, SPOKEN WORD / STORYTELLING
8:00pm, 16-18 Feb, GA $10 / FA $7
‘Women Ruin Everything’ is a beautiful and hilarious snapshot of the messy, modern queer-girl psyche: a ballsy and raucous rant about frustration, beer, love, ineptitude and masturbation Creators Gen Fowler, Chloe McCartan and Tasmin Prichard are ranters, writers, musicians and hopeless dykes. This is a show about their feelings. Ew.
TOI PONEKE DANCE RESIDENCY
THEATRE, COMEDY, IMPROV | TOI PONEKE
6pm, 20-22 Feb, F $18 / C $15 / FA $15
Who are the inaugural recipients of the Toi Pōneke Dance Residency? Don't miss your chance to see the hottest, the freshest, most dynamic contemporary dance created in Wellington this year.
CABARET, NAUGHTY BITS | JESSICA MCKERLIE
9:00 pm, 20-22 Feb, F $20 / C $15 / FA $15
Gender Spanner is a joyous and empowering hour of cabaret, burlesque and labels that just don’t stick.
Armed with a ukulele, spinning plates and more costumes than you can fit in your closet, Jessica McKerlie presents a smorgasboard of original music and poetry with a common thread: Are you a man? Are you a woman? Are you sure?
Inspired by Jessica’s own explorations and understanding of gender fluidity, Gender Spanner is a cabaret that goes to the very core of what it is to be human.
THE BUBBLE SHOW
CIRCUS, COMEDY, FAMILY | THE HIGHLAND JOKER
3:30 pm, 23-25 Feb, 11am 25 Feb, GA $10 / FA $7
Join Mr. Bubbles with his beautiful soap bubbles in all shapes and sizes! Enjoy bouncy bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, smoke bubbles, square bubbles, giant bubbles and even fire bubbles! The Bubble show is interactive and suitable for all ages. Children and adults all enjoy the magical bubbling. The show is a unique blend of Magic, storytelling and Bubble-Art! Join us as we journey together through the realms of Bubbland!
TOMÁS FORD'S CHASE!
MUSIC, THEATRE, COMEDY | TOMÁS FORD
6:30pm, 23-25 Feb, F $20 / C $17 / FA $17
Ford. Tomás Ford. A fantastic crooner by night, a terrible assassin by day. Join him as he travels the world on an epic manhunt, without realising that he just might be the one being hunted. Hilarious and nail-bitingly tense, the mission plays out over eleven killer new songs and globe-trotting visuals.
SPIDERS WEARING PARTY HATS
COMEDY, NAUGHTY BITS | LISA-SKYE (AU)
8:00 pm, 23-25 Feb, F $18 / C $15 / FA $14
This Festival showcases many great comedy shows. They’ll be performed by palatably quirky people in jeans and t-shirts, sharing ‘unique’ world views that gratifyingly mesh with your own outlook. These shows will be great. See them. But afterwards, you’re going to wanna hear about punching dudes in Berlin sex clubs and accidentally taking hallucinogens in international airports. And Papa Skye has you covered there.
An unlikely love story. A show about working hard and living weird. Adventures, hedonism and madness from the belly o' the Sparklebeast. Direct from sold-out runs in Melbourne, Adelaide, Berlin and Edinburgh, don't miss the New Zealand debut of Australia's favourite glittery muppet dominatrix comedian!
CHATTER: A MODERN OPERA
MUSIC, THEATRE | DOUBLE U DOUBLE U PRODUCTIONS
9:30 pm, 23-25 Feb, Koha $5
Every night, when it’s time for bed, Grace and Artie do the same thing. “Step 1: Brush our teeth.” “Step 2: Netflix and chill.” “Step 3: Lights off, and spoon.” If only they could take off the worries, and questions, and secrets from the day. It wears them like a dank jacket. Restless, silent, sharing a King Single, how could two people be so close and yet so far apart?
Chatter is a modern opera created by William Duignan and Cameron Stewart. Constructed live, using only a looper and the human voice, Chatter is about hot bodies, cold secrets, and stress-induced insomnia.
“Nagging seeds, when left unsaid, take root inside your head.”
THE WAY YOU TELL 'EM: A STORYTELLING WORKSHOP
SPOKEN WORD / STORYTELLING, WORKSHOP | GERARD HARRIS
1-4pm, 18 Feb, F $30 / C $20 / FA $20
British Storyteller Gerard Harris ('Attention Seeker') goes through the process from the page to the stage: how to generate stories, build structure and identify meaning while balancing writing/improvising, truth/embellishment and comedy/drama in this part workshop, part masterclass and part Q&A.
WHAT'S ALL THIS ABOUT
The Fat Gryphon
Beast About Town
Fringe at the Gryphon started in 2013 with 6 shows over 10 days at the Gryphon Theatre. Now we're in our fifth year and we're real stoked to be part of the Fringe family.
The FatG is a licensed venue. We'll have coke, jaffas, and vino to supplement the fine time you'll have at our awesome shows.