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presented by Binge Culture


at Thistle Hall, Wellington
From 20 Feb 2013 to 24 Feb 2013

Co.Space, 155 K' Road, Auckland
From 26 Feb 2013 to 1 Mar 2013

Community Gallery, 20 Princes St, Dunedin
From 20 Mar 2013 to 23 Mar 2013

Victorian Garden Conservatory, Hamilton gardens, Hamilton
From 21 Feb 2015 to 22 Feb 2015

La Mama, La Galleria, 47 Great Jones St, NYC, USA
From 19 Mar 2015 to 22 Mar 2015

Reviewed by:  James McKinnonGlen PickeringKimberley BuchanGail Pittaway;


Help in is on the horizon for citizens anxious about what the future holds. For Your Future Guidance is an interactive performance – the latest by ground-breaking theatre collective, Binge Culture – in the style of a self-help seminar aimed at giving the participants the skills and knowledge to survive in the coming decades.

Far from being uncertain, the leading experts in Binge Culture draw upon projection models and research trips into the future to provide a comprehensive vision of what the world will look like.

“Fear of the unknown can be crippling, we call it ‘future-tension'”, says Performer and co-creator Joel Baxendale, “anthropogenic extinction, global nuclear annihilation, overpopulation, catastrophic climate change, large-scale volcanism, or global accidental pandemics of such virulence and infectiousness that very few humans survive, are all credible scenarios. We clear this up and offer a rare glimpse of certainty.”

Baxendale says the company wants people to be confident going into the future and that the lessons they deliver will inform people about all aspects of life – from global politics and economics to changes in social norms, fashion and popular culture. The second part of the seminar is to help people adjust to their imminent new reality and give them a chance to practice coping mechanisms.

Binge Culture is an award-winning theatre company from Wellington. They last performed in Auckland in early 2012 as part of the New Performance Festival at The Edge. Their show Wake Less was singled out by theatre reviewers as a highlight of the festival. Veterans of NZ Fringe Festivals, they were awarded Most Original Production at the 2009 Dunedin Fringe Festival, and “Best Newcomers” and “Best Outdoors” at the 2009 and 2010 NZ Fringe Festivals.

The team behind Binge Culture's 2013 Fringe projects is Joel Baxendale, Simon Haren, Isobel MacKinnon, Fiona McNamara, Claire O'Loughlin and Ralph Upton.

NZ FRINGE, Wellington 

For Your Future Guidance
20 – 24 February, 9pm
50 mins
Thistle Hall, 293 Cuba Street, Wellington
Tickets: and door sales 


Apprehensive Aucklanders will have to get in quick to secure a place at one of only four seminars, being held at Co.Space on K-Road at 6.30pm from Tuesday 26 February - Friday 1 March, before Binge Culture take their message to other parts of New Zealand. 

26th February - 1st March, 6:30pm
Duration: 50mins
Venue: Co.Space at Biz Dojo, 155 Basement - Karangahape Road
Tickets: Full $15, Concessions $12
Bookings: iTicket -  or 09 361 1000 

Dunedin Fringe 2013  
Community Gallery
March 21, 22, 23;
8:00pm (21-23), 2:00pm (23) 


Where:  Victorian Garden Greenhouse 
When:  Sat 21 & Sun 22 Feb 2015
Time:  6:00pm
Tickets:  Standard: $2

New Zealand Performance Festival New York 

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club
La Galleria
March 19, 20 & 22 2015 at 6pm

Site-specific/site-sympathetic, Theatre