Gryphon Theatre, 22 Ghuznee Street, Wellington

14/03/2019 - 16/03/2019

NZ Fringe Festival 2019

Production Details

That Horror Game Show is exactly what it sounds like! It’s a game show starring local performers taking part in horror-themed challenges.

Four competitors find themselves trapped in a haunted house, they must complete challenges to get mystical artefacts and defeat THE MONSTER to escape and live another night.

Gryphon Theatre, 22 Ghuznee Street, Wellington
Thursday 14 – Saturday 16 March 2019
General Admission $10.00
Concession $10.00
Fringe Addict $7.00
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1 hr

Positively spooky

Review by Margaret Austin 15th Mar 2019

This show is intended as an amusing take on the game show concept. Seven members of Danielfightscats take the stage at the Gryphon to demonstrate why we love or hate such a form of entertainment.

We meet a couple of co-hosts who introduce our game show competitors: two males and three females, all of whom seem up for the improvisation to follow.

I’m not sure why the show is included in the Naughty Bits section of the Fringe brochure, because there’s nothing naughty about it.  

What we get is a series of challenges that are meant to involve horror. They don’t – but it doesn’t really matter. There’s a horror quiz to start off with, where right answers are almost drowned out by our exuberant competitors.  

And here’s my chief criticism of the performance: general inaudibility due to its improvisational nature, plus somewhat sloppy diction. Or – and this is a real horror – is it just the New Zild accent?        

Much of the action is not so much the interaction of those onstage as their filmed selves reacting to horror situations. There’s an element of self-indulgence in a bunch of people absorbedly watching themselves on screen. Ah, but then, just another of the behaviours that characterise today’s world. 

Winning any of the challenges is obviously coveted, and fought over. The overall winner is as surprised as everybody else. 

It’s positively spooky. 


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