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By Emily Taylor
presented by Pretending To Be Awake Productions

[1 hr]

at BATS Theatre (Out Of Site), Cnr Cuba & Dixon, Wellington
From 25 Feb 2013 to 1 Mar 2013

The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 4 Mar 2013 to 9 Mar 2013

Reviewed by:  Caoilinn HughesHeidi North-Bailey;


Winner of the Tiki Tour Ready Award at the 2012 Melbourne Fringe Festival, Green Room Award winner Emily Taylor (Impro Melbourne, Is This Your Life, Hello You, Spontaneous Broadway) brings her particular brand of black comedy to New Zealand in this premiere Melbourne, Wellington and Auckland co-fringe event.

Delving into the complexity of modern urban life, comedic shape-shifter Taylor uses fragmented narrative to reveal the fantastical behind the mundane and the disturbing beneath the ordinary as her myriad of characters grapple with happiness and mortality, careening together towards their fates.

From a macabre psychiatrist's receptionist, to a faux spiritual CEO, to an evil Cabbage Patch Doll, the characters of Cannonball are deceptively everyday. You work with them. They went to your school. You met them once at a party. But you've never before seen them quite like this. Playful, daring and injected with a keen sense for satire, Taylor twists and transforms through a minefield of adolescent angst, mid-life disappointment and familial discontent, exploring the inner lives of characters at once recognizable and bizarre.

From this multi-award winning solo performer, Cannonball is a journey through the delightful, dark and dangerous recesses of the mind, pulling out all the stops to pack a surprising, funny and insightful punch. Powered by a unique combination of comic fervour and compelling vulnerability, Cannonball rockets irrepressibly towards the future, wreaking havoc along the way.

"Finely crafted, entertaining and incredibly engaging." - Aussie Theatre

"Unique and hilarious...a fearless performer" - Theatre Press

Wellington Fringe runs from 15 February to 9 March 2013. For more Wellington Fringe information go to 

25th February – 1st March, 8pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Venue: BATS
Tickets: Full $20, Concessions $15

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

4th - 9th March, 7pm Duration: 60 minutes
Venue: The Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland CBD
Tickets: Full $20, Concessions $15
Bookings: iTicket - or 09 361 1000