Anything to Declare

BATS Theatre, Wellington

25/02/2006 - 28/02/2006

NZ Fringe Festival 2006

Production Details

Written and performed by Mel Dodge
Directed by Rachel More


Rome, Paris, Berlin … When a Kiwi Backpacker sets off to conquer Europe she encounters complete strangers who spill their secrets to her. A funny and moving show about the Big OE. 

Theatre , Solo ,

1 hr

Innocence lost on Big OE

Review by Ewen Coleman [Reproduced with permission of Fairfax Media] 27th Feb 2006

Overseas travel can provide rich pickings for a play as is seen in Anything To Declare – the early evening production currently playing at BATS as part of Fringe 06. In a production of honesty and sincerity in both the writing and performance, actor/writer Mel Dodge relays the joyous and not so joyous adventures of travelling through Europe on her OE. 

Under the tutelage of experienced director Rachel More the production is centred squarely on the central character Lucy, wide eyed and bushed tailed as she sets forth on her travels. The innocence and naivety of Lucy who has to rapidly grow up in order to survive is wonderfully portrayed by Dodge. 

The production is also not overly burdened with extraneous characters that Lucy meets on the way, but those that she does are clearly defined by Dodge, in both voice and mannerism, making this low key production a very satisfying one to watch. 


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