Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland

04/03/2013 - 09/03/2013

BATS Theatre (Out-Of-Site) Cnr Cuba & Dixon, Wellington

25/02/2013 - 01/03/2013

Auckland Fringe 2013

NZ Fringe Festival 2013

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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 

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Flawless physical transformations a delight to behold

Review by Heidi North 05th Mar 2013

Cannonball is a one-woman wonder. Emily Taylor, winner of the Tiki Tour Ready Award at the 2012 Melbourne Fringe Festival, brings us a kaleidoscope of ten characters all connected in some way to the glass tower of the Land Land Shopping centre.

There’s David, the revolting C.E.O, whose faux spiritual connection with nature means in practise fetishes with birds. His uptight wife Cornelia, whose only role in life is to keep the house perfect; their daughter Lucy who becomes rendered sleepless with fear when her mother’s idea of a bedtime story takes a darker turn. Her evil cabbage patch doll Didi, and their very, very naughty Persian cat, Bernadette.

Not to mention German (or Swiss German?) receptionist Hilda, her youthful daughter Heidi, and poor Miles, the window cleaner who has seen it all, and wishes perhaps he hadn’t. Even our old friends, the spicy Mexican Libido and fraught Neuroses make a quick appearance.

While it could be considered easy to ‘play’ any of these stereotypes, Green Room Award winner Taylor manages to find the edge that takes them into fully realised and unique characters. This, along with her flawless physical transformations, is what makes the show so compelling. We trust her to take us on this wild ride, because she’s just so darn good. She appears to lose herself in the truth of each character, and, with the help of her well-crafted script, creates a sheer believably that, for all the laughs, leaves the audience with a certain amount of pathos.

Taylor is an extremely talented performer, totally in control of her comedic material; it’s a delight to behold. It’s easy to see why Cannonball took out the Tiki Tour Ready award in Melbourne last year. Go.  


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Brilliantly crafted

Review by Caoilinn Hughes 26th Feb 2013

One confident, capable, comedic actress playing ten characters in a one-hour kaleidoscope of social observation and riotous imagination with just one prop on stage makes for a ‘hole-in-one’ at this year’s Fringe.

Green Room Award winner Emily Taylor is not only an enormously talented comedic actress and impersonator, but she is also a very original writer.

Her play, Cannonball, weaves together the lives of various individuals who are connected via the Land Shopping Centre. Most of the characters work there, on various echelons.

There is the penthouse office of Aussie David, the pseudo-macho C.E.O. with a penchant for poultry. There is his potty, role-playing South African wife, Cordellia. There’s his daughter, Lucy, who suffers her mother’s hair-raising bedtime stories bravely. There’s Lucy’s Cabbage Patch Doll, Didi (Taylor manages a sidesplitting facial expression resemblance for anyone who knows what a Cabbage Patch Doll looks like).

There’s the window cleaner, Miles, who perceives both the birds and the birdshit, and who wonders if he will carry on his family’s patriarchal tradition of suicide. There’s neurosis and libido incarnate (the weaker two impersonations – neurosis resting on Woody Allen, and libido, a Mexican pepper cartoon). There’s the hilarious Swedish (?) secretary of the Mental Health Centre, Wholesome Health, Hilda (definitely the highlight; some of her one-liners are inspired!) and her daughter, the suggestible intern, Heidi.

The characters are all satirical and exaggerated, but consistently so. This is a play with confidence and commitment to its vision. The real feat is that, through all of the parody and embroidery, it manages expressiveness and immersion and even pathos.  

The play opens with utterly divergent perspectives, but in a brilliantly crafted way, they all turn to face (thankfully, not literally) the one prop that remains on stage throughout: the raven that represents one’s psyche. 

Emily Taylor is a deserving winner of the Melbourne Fringe Tiki Tour Ready Award. 


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