THE HERMITUDE OF ANGUS, ECSTATIC
- a read-along comedy –
by Stephanie Brotchie and Vachel Spirason
presented by THE EDGE and Slow Clap
at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 8 Mar 2011 to 12 Mar 2011
Suter Theatre, Nelson
From 12 Oct 2012 to 13 Oct 2012
Reviewed by: Stephen Austin; Janet McAllister (New Zealand Herald online); Anna Pearson (Nelson Mail);
Darkly funny, tragically enthusiastic, weirdly inappropriate and strangely moving, this critically acclaimed show is about an odd boy with a murmuring heart. A “must-see” (The Age, 2010) physical comedy, “Angus, Ecstatic” was awarded Best Comedy at the 2010 Melbourne Fringe Festival, as well as the 2010 Brisbane Powerhouse Comedy Award.
Combining comedy, dance, music, clowning and reading, this is a story show unlike any other. In ‘Angus, Ecstatic', physical comedy is woven into a unique read-along experience that moves between page and stage. Sitting somewhere between live picture book and lovingly arranged mixed tape, The Hermitude of Angus, Ecstatic is visually and musically stunning. The noteworthy soundtrack is a character in itself, and brings together under-appreciated pop classics from Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson and Smokey Robinson, which in the show are beautifully off-set by the bittersweet musings of Erik Satie and Laurie Anderson.
This production showcases the formidable talents of two of Australia's most exciting artists. Spirason and Brotchie (Slow Clap) form 2/5ths of multi-award winning Melbourne-based comedy group Vigilantelope.
Writer/performer Vachel Spirason is a “comedian, musician, and dancer-extraordinaire.”(Artshub, 2010) In 2009, he was a Raw Comedy State Finalist, and is an accomplished writer, actor and choreographer.
Writer/producer Stephanie Brotchie was awarded the Auspicious Arts Award for Best Emerging Producer at the 2009 Melbourne Fringe Festival, and has established herself as one of Victoria's most promising Emerging Writers.
The pair have established a cult following through appearances around Australia at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, The Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Brisbane Comedy Festival, the Last Tuesday Society, the Emerging Writers' Festival and internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
“This is a triumph of exceptional acting, direction and production. To Vachel and producer, co-writer and visual artist Stephanie Brotchie, my hat goes off. I just think what you're doing for the world is wonderful.” - Rhum, 2010
“A show as inspired and inventive as one would hope from these emerging, but already highly celebrated talents.” -Artshub, 2010
The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland CBD
Tues 8 - Sat 12 March 2011, 10pm
Contains occasional strong language and sexual references
09 361 1000 or www.iticket.co.nz
All Tickets $20*
*Service fees apply
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Nelson Arts Festival
Fri 12 - Sat 13 October, 7pm