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Directed/Written by Markus Hofko & Karin Hofko
presented by Auckland Fringe Festival

[Sundays only - 45 mins]

at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 24 Feb 2013 to 10 Mar 2013

Reviewed by:  Anna Stillaman;


A once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the wondroulistic master mind from the other world! Mr. Sackman will be back in town for Auckland's Fringe Festival on three Sunday afternoons, 24 February, 3 March and 10 March.

After receiving amazing feedback at the small-scale premiere earlier in 2012 at the Audio Foundation the show is now being optimized for a bigger stage.

What originally started as a purely musical project ended up as a multi-dimensional stage play breaking the boundary between fiction and reality. The show features a wondrous wanderer, a bewitched girl and her desperate dad – all criss-crossing each other while trying to find their paths through life.

Monty Python slapstick intervenes with Twin Peaks mystery and keeps the audience curious, not only about the contents of Mr. Sackman's bags.

Directed and produced by German couple Karin and Markus Hofko Mr. Sackman joins different creative disciplines to create a spectacular piece of art. They collaborated with video artists Simon Oosterdijk and Richard Munro to produce “the window into the other world”, a big screen shadow play and light installation.

The new fashion talent Elizabeth Wilson designed the stylized costumes for the characters.

Supporting actress Sarah Houbolt, famous through her stunning acrobatic performances at Touch Compass, personifies the extraordinary character of the girl.

Inspired by the likes of Italian composer Ennio Morricone and Krautrockers Can, the 7-piece band orchestrates the soundtrack for this bizarre fairytale that is Mr. Sackman. On the lead instruments we hear Daniel Manetto (Dropdead Readhead), jewelry designer Nick Von K, Sophie Yana Wilson and the directors themselves.

Auckland Fringe runs from 15 February to 10 March 2013.
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24th February, 3rd and 10th March, 4pm
Duration: 45 minutes
Venue: The Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland CBD
Tickets: Adult $18, Child $5, Concession $15, Group $15
Bookings: iTicket - or 09 361 1000