BATS Theatre, The Stage, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington

31/10/2023 - 04/11/2023

Production Details

Directed by Lincoln Swinerd
Performed by Zoe Snowdon
Produced by Angela Pelham

Dripping Bottle Theatre

“Annie has an insatiable thirst for blood…”

Fatal Fame is a 50-minute solo thriller-comedy that follows the story of Annie, a very talented young woman. After spending her childhood tiptoeing around the edge of a normal social life, she decides to utilize her talent to find her way into the friendships she never had. Watch as she retells her story of this journey into popularity.

P.S. Her talent is murder.

With unpredictable twists and turns, audiences can expect Fatal Fame to be funny, shocking, and exciting.

BATS Theatre, The Stage
31 October – 4 November 2023
FULL: $25
GROUP 6+: $22

Depictions of murder and violence, mention of a car crash, mention of the death of a parent, vulgar language, sudden noises, Balloon popping, haze and flashing lights.

Dripping Bottle Theatre, founded by Zoe Snowdon, is an emerging theatre company that is committed to creating fun, funny, and socially relevant art. Fatal Fame is their debut performance.

Stage Management by Phoebe Robertson
Marketing Assistance by Viki Moananu
Scenography by Scott Maxim

Theatre , Solo ,

50 mins

Quick wit and strong comedic talent - impressive physicality

Review by Tara McEntee 02nd Nov 2023

The BATS mainstage is set with a simple black chair and plenty of haze for this performance of Fatal Fame, a solo show produced by Dripping Bottle Theatre starring Zoe Snowdon, directed and operated by Lincoln Swinerd. The show opens with a fuzzy recording of a news reporter, cautioning residents to keep vigilant and lock their doors against the serial killer who has been rampaging through Wellington – and remains at large. 
In stark contrast to the dire warning, our protagonist Annie strolls onto stage, with a cheery “Hello!” and a bit of crowd work. Annie launches into her story, told through moments of narration, role play, and clever use of the minimal set. The comedic elements within the character’s personality sit in stark contrast to the horrific events she describes (and often acts out), leaving the audience tittering nervously – it becomes clearer and clearer as the story progresses that the character, seemingly a normal member of society, has been barely masking the rage and anger inside her that leads to her murderous rampage through the suburbs of Wellington. 

The jokes come thick and fast, and, although the scripted jokes don’t always land, it’s clear Snowdon has a quick wit and strong comedic talent. Her physicality on stage is impressive, and I feel that more of the clown elements evident in Snowdon’s performance could have been highlighted better – a personal favourite moment of mine was Snowdon’s excellent doggy door mime. 

The production value is somewhat lacking in this performance, and I wonder why – the minimal set and costume made the story the main thing to focus on, but I think a bit more attention to detail through various parts of the script and production could have added a lot more depth and nuance to the story. 

Overall the performance is slick, and takes the audience on a comedic journey through the mind of a loner turned successful murderer, with plenty of chuckles and a few poignant moments along the way. 


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