THE MAGIC CHICKEN
By Theatre Beating
Presented by Time Out Theatre
at Concert Chamber - Town Hall, THE EDGE, Auckland
From 9 Jul 2012 to 14 Jul 2012
Theatre Royal, Nelson
From 29 Jul 2012 to 30 Jul 2012
Soundings - Te Papa, Wellington
From 11 Mar 2013 to 16 Mar 2013
Reviewed by: Lexie Matheson; Gail Tresidder; John Smythe;
The Magic Chicken delivers egg-centric fun for all ages this July!
Monday 9 - Saturday 14 July, 11am & 1.30pm, the Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall
Time Out Theatre has Theatre Beating cooking up a pastiche of hilarity when their theatrical delight The Magic Chicken hits the Concert Chamber at Auckland Town Hall for one week only these July School holidays.
All of the performers are exceptional in this elegant, slapstick clown show, which bounces from moment to moment like a well-choreographed dance. – Express Magazine
Mixing magic, mime, puppetry, slapstick, soup, breakdancing and live music together in a big theatrical cauldron The Magic Chicken produces a potion sure to knock the socks off both kids and adults alike. Watch out for flying kitchen tools, airborne food and slow-mo chase scenes as Toot & Collins, two half-baked chefs, try to save Ethel Heihei – the magic golden-egg laying chicken – from Evil Eric.
Like Shrek, Monsters Inc and Finding Nemo, The Magic Chicken appeals to both children and adults with plenty to delight both audiences. - NZ Herald
It looks like another quiet day in the Seussian kitchen, until the arrival of an unexpected feathery visitor. This clucky young lady has soon has the besotted Toot wrapped around her wing tip, but a customer with rather malicious taste buds soon stirs the situation up into a casserole of confusion… the orders are coming thick and fast, but can the dumb waiters stop the caper from turning to custard?
The Magic Chicken is a delightful concoction that serves up equal portions of fable, surreal cartoon, slapstick and silent movie. – Metro
Created in 2004, and performed until 2006, The Magic Chicken received rave reviews as it toured New Zealand and now these theatrical favourites are back and hotter than ever. Six years later the team has come together again to take The Magic Chicken to the world.
Under the production stewardship of Arthur Meek, Theatre Beating restages, redesigns, and perfects The Magic Chicken for local and international audiences. Performed by Trygve Wakenshaw, Barnie Duncan, Jonny Brugh, Mark Clare and directed by Geoff Pinfield, Auckland's award-winning Theatre Beating are hitting the road throughout July from Auckland to Kerikeri to Westport.
Bronwyn Bent, Time Out Theatre producer, is very excited about the calibre and experience each member brings to the production “This is an amazing group of award-winning performers producers writers and directors who bring national and international experience to produce a fantastically funny show, and we are lucky enough to have them perform at the Concert Chamber. This show really is one not to miss”.
I enjoyed The Magic Chicken for the same reasons that I still enjoy the Muppets: great music, wonderfully stupid slap-stick humour and the notion that no matter how many times our hero gets shoved in the oven, everything will be alright in the end. - Craccum
Accompanied by live music, this hilarious mix of magic, mime and music with slapstick humour, break dancing and puppetry is a riot for both kids and adults alike. Don't miss thisgastroCOMIQUE delight!
The Magic Chicken, created especially for 7 – 12 year olds, will be performed at:
The Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall
from Monday 9 - Saturday 14 July
at 11am & 1.30pm.
All tickets are $15 (plus service fees) and available from the Aotea Centre Box Office or 0800 BUYTICKETS or www.buytickets.co.nz.
The Magic Chicken
2012 National Tour
1 July 2012, 10am and 2pm
Clarence Street Theatre
59 Clarence Street, Hamilton West 3204
3 July 2012, 1pm and 4pm
Hawke's Bay Opera House
101 Hastings Street, South Hastings 4122
5 July 2012, 10am and 1pm
92 - 100 Devon St West, New Plymouth
9 – 14 July 2012, 11am and 1.30pm
The Concert Chamber at the Auckland Town Hall
303 Queen St, Auckland
18 July 2012, 11am and 6pm
Turner Centre Kerikeri
43 Cobham Rd, Kerikeri
20 July 2012, 11am and 6pm
Forum North Whangarei
Rust Avenue, Whangarei
22 July 2012, 2pm
Dargaville Town Hall
37 Hokianga Rd, Dargaville
25 July 2012, 6.30pm
Ashburton Trust Events Centre
211 Wills Street, Ashburton 7700
27 July 2012, 6.30pm
NSB Westport Theatre
105 Palmerston Street. Westport
29 July 2012, 6pm
30 July 2012, 11am and 6.30pm
Theatre Royal Nelson
78 Rutherford Street Nelson 7010
Capital E NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL 2013
Education Dates: Mon 11 - Fri 15 March
Public Show: 11.45am Sat 16 March
Venue: Soundings Theatre
Age: 7 - 14 years
Duration: 50 minutes
Barnie Duncan - Actor, Co-Creator
Trygve Wakenshaw – Actor, Co-creator
Jonny Brugh – Actor
Mark Clare – Actor.
Brad Knewstubb – Designer
Andrew McMillan - Sound Design/Composer
Geoff Pinfield – Director, Co-Creator and Co-Producer
Arthur Meek – Storyliner, Co-Producer
Bronwyn Bent – Time Out Theatre producer