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Created by Eli Matthewson & Hamish Parkinson
Directed by Dan Bain (2013)
Nic Sampson (2014)
presented by R.A.D Productions


at The Basement Studio, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 28 Feb 2013 to 2 Mar 2013

The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 18 Feb 2014 to 22 Feb 2014

People’s Cinema, 57 Manners Street, Wellington
From 26 Feb 2014 to 1 Mar 2014

The Office at CBD Bar, 208 Madras St, Christchurch
From 13 Mar 2014 to 15 Mar 2014

Playhouse Theatre, Dunedin
From 18 Mar 2014 to 22 Mar 2014

Reviewed by:  Hannah SmithKate Ward-SmytheJames Wenley (TheatreScenes: The Auckland Theatre Blog); Hannah AugustErin HarringtonPatrick Davies;


Get ready for the visual and comedic feast of the fringe from the winners of ‘Best Comedy' at 2011 Auckland Fringe: Velcro City at The Basment Theatre, 7pm from the 26th February - 2nd of March . This live-action cartoon follows the lives of citizens in a city held together by hooks and hoops with the entire set and costumes drawn in wicked Crayola felt-tips. Eli and Hamish don onesie jumpsuits covered in Velcro strips to portray dozens of characters in the story of a city turned on its head in just under 60mins!

Eli and Hamish originally hail from Christchurch where they performed together for several years as members of the Court Jesters. Eli trained as an actor at UNITEC, with highlights including playing Lavinia in an all male production of Titus Andronichus, and has also built a strong reputation as a stand-up comedian – he performs regularly as part of FanFiction Comedy and is also a nominee for the Billy T Award in 2013.

Hamish is a video director, cartoonist, writer and performer who has worked up and down the country in a verity of roles and positions since finishing his Fine Arts Degree at Canterbury University. As a duo they won ‘Best Comedy' at the last Auckland Fringe for their show ‘Square Eye Pair', which went on to travel to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012 under the guidance of Rhys Darby and Awesomeness International.

“a sweetly whimsical hour” –

“Mathewson and Parkinson are a delight to watch”– Ben Blakely,

“a hilarious double act” - Keeping up with NZ

“the fun they're clearly having is infectious, palpable, and an utter joy to watch” –

“You must see it” – the script

Auckland Fringe runs from 15 February to 10 March 2013. For more Auckland Fringe information go to

26th February - 2nd March 2013, 7pm
Duration: 60mins
Venue: The Basement Theatre Studio, Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland CBD
Tickets: $16/14
Bookings: iTicket –  or 09 361 100009 361 1000 

*'Best Comedy 2011 – Square Eye Pair, Best Comedy 2013 – Velcro City

Velcro City plays
18th – 22nd February 2014 @ 7.30pm
The Basement Theatre
Tickets $15 online, $20 doorsales

as part of the New Zealand Fringe
26th Feb - 1st March 2014 at 8.30pm
People's Cinema
Entry by koha on door 

In Christchurch, 2014:
13th - 15th March @ 7.30pm
The Office at CBD Bar
$15 doorsales only

as part of the Dunedin Fringe 2014
March 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
The Playhouse Theatre 
6:00 pm
60 min
Online Tickets: $12
Door Sales: $15 
Dash Tickets (0800 327 484) 

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Comedy, Theatre

Written and performed by Eli Matthewson and Hamish Parkinson.

Directed by Nic Sampson (assisted by Laura Daniel, 2013 season directed by Dan Bain)

Narrated by Jacquie Brown

Lighting Desing and Op by Andrew Potuin

Produced by Delia Cormack

Poster Design by Chye-Ling Huang