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written and directed by Joshua Hopton Stewart
presented by Fresh Dada

at BATS Theatre (Out Of Site), Cnr Cuba & Dixon, Wellington
From 7 Feb 2013 to 15 Feb 2013

Reviewed by:  Michael GilchristEwen Coleman [Reproduced with permission of Fairfax Media] (The Dominion Post);

“I was abducted by aliens!”

Be ready to embrace the hilarious and innovative musical that will open 2013's Fringe Festival in Wellington. From the theatre company who brought you the sell-out show, Society Slump Superstars, Fresh Dada presents Little Town Liars, written and directed by one of Wellington's most talented up-and-coming creative's, Joshua Hopton Stewart.

Little Town Liars will not only be the very first show of Wellington's Fringe Festival but also the debut of BATS Theatre's new venue location. The show will run from February 7th - 15th 2013 at BATS Theatre, 8pm.

“It's a huge honour that we're opening the new BATS Theatre venue – we're very excited to be a part of such a monumental time in the history of BATS,” says writer and director Joshua Hopton Stewart.

The show is set in Louisiana, 1956. It is the Halloween fair and the town is a buzz with excitement. The Austin kids – Belinda and Jake, along with their good friend Shirley, venture into the woods to take what they think are just innocent herbal pills. 3 days later, they wake up. What begins as a simple cover up, quickly snowballs into a case of mass hysteria within the town, where the excuse “I was abducted by aliens” becomes the popular excuse to cover up one's wrongdoings.

Little Town Liars is a real tribute to Wellington's creative arts industry with a cast of 12 enthusiastic and very talented kiwi performers, who have a knack for creating hysterical characters. “Our talented crew has been working hard to bring the beauty of 1950s America alive. The accents, the fashion, the architecture, the fads – it solicits such a specific atmosphere. Combining that with the hysteria of UFO culture, hallucinogenic drug-use, teenage pregnancy, adultery, embezzlement, and murder, Little Town Liars is set to be a chaotic mash of 1950s awesomeness,” Hopton Stewart says.

Tickets can be purchased from  door sales available.

Abigail Ennor as Narrator
Annabel Harris as Belinda Austin
Jared Pallesen as Jake Austin
Ellie Neal as Shirley Harris
Brandt Feeney as Billy Peterson
Ange Fitzharris as Ruth Sanders
Filmaz Whelan as Sheriff Tony Sanders
Ingrid Dyer as Mrs. Paula Austin
Luke Gumbley as Mayor Ed Austin
Jeff Bell as Dr. John Nickies
Rebecca Parker as Mrs. Marge Nickies
Janelle Pollock as Ms. Donna Gregson