Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin

16/03/2012 - 24/03/2012

Dunedin Fringe 2012

Production Details

The Blue Oyster Performance Series is a biannual event that coincides with the Dunedin Fringe Festival. This year over ten performers, installation artists and theatre practitioners from across New Zealand make up the programme which will run throughout the ten days of the Fringe Festival.

The Blue Oyster Performance Series aims to introduce Dunedin audiences to some of the most experimental and innovative performance art occurring around the country. In past years the series has won Most Original Concept (Colleen Altagracia 2011) and Best Visual Arts (2010).

This year our series features Audrey Baldwin (Christchurch) performing twice. Her first performance will be a public version of the popular drinking game ‘Truth’, with Baldwin at the very centre of proceedings.  The second performance, ‘Canker’, without giving too much away, involves a human-sized toffee dodecahedron prison and a lone tongue.

Dunedinartist and performer Holly Aitchison also tests her, and our, limits of endurance as she transforms a private and painful memorial into a very public scene. In ‘The Untold  Story’ fellow Dunedin performers Alex Lovell-Smith and Damian Smith reach deep into their boyhood pasts to rake up tales of heroes, villains, dastardly plots and unbelievable escapes.

On a more sedate note, Clare Fleming and Nick Duval-Smith will occupy the gallery space for days at a time. Fleming will be present to embroider one of two words onto clothing brought in by visitors, while Duval-Smith will invite visitors to play with fragments of open-book text in order to create collective readings.

Free Theatre from Christchurch present ‘Hereafter’ written by Werner Fritsch – a writer described by Der Spiegel as ‘Germany’s boldest poet’. Part murder mystery, part underworld soul search, the play will take place in the haunting surroundings of the Temple Gallery (Ticket price TBA).

The Blue Oyster Performance Series also includes performances and exhibitions by Oscar Enberg (Christchurch), Monique Jansen (Auckland) and Emma Chalmers (Dunedin).

Unless otherwise stated all events take place at the Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 24b Moray Place and are free of charge. Full performance schedule and details on the Blue Oyster website for enquiries contact or call 03 479 0197.


Monique Jansen & Frances Hansen (AKL) – Alongside Project (Runs from 5.30pm Tuesday 6 March – Friday 9 March. The artists will be in the gallery working during normal gallery hours)

Emma Chalmers (DUD) – Grip and Release: Hold Tight like a Child (Runs Saturday 10 March – Friday 16 March)

Audrey Baldwin (CHC) – I Have Never (Saturday 17 March 5.15pm for 5.30pm)

Holly Aitchison (DUD) – The Line (Monday 19 March 5.30pm)

Clare Fleming (DUD) – 2 But Not 2 (Tuesday 20 March – Friday 23 March, 11am – 2pm every day)

Hana Aoake (DUD) – Fall (Tuesday 20 March 3.30pm)

Oscar Enberg (CHC) – Further Reductions on Retail Jokes (Tuesday 20 March 5.30pm)

Alex Lovell-Smith and Damian Smith (DUD) – The Untold Project (Wednesday 21 March 3.00pm)

Audrey Baldwin (CHC) – Canker (Thursday 22 March 5.15pm for 5.30pm)

Free Theatre (CHC) – Hereafter (Temple Gallery,29 Moray Place. Thursday 22 March 8pm, Friday 23 March 8pm, and Saturday 24 March 8pm)

All performances occurring at the Blue Oyster are free of charge.

Tickets to “Hereafter,” performed by Free Theatre, are $25 (waged)/ $18 (unwaged). From Dash Tickets and on the door (cash only purchases).

Becky Richards, Barbara Smith & Campbell Walker (Castles from the Back Lot with A Diverse Cast),
Monique Jansen & Frances Hansen (Alongside Project),
Emma Chalmers (Grip and Release: Hold Us Tight like a Child),
Audrey Baldwin (I Have Never & Canker),
Holly Aitchison (The Line),
Clare Fleming (2 But Not 2),
Hana Aoake (Fall),
Oscar Enberg (Further Reductions on Retail Jokes),
Alex Lovell-Smith & Damian Smith (The Untold Project),
Free Theatre (Hereafter)  

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