BATS Theatre, The Random Stage, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington

09/10/2019 - 11/10/2019

Production Details

The New Tales of Quinn is an interactive theatre show for adventurers of all ages who want to spin a new tale for our kid hero, Quinn. You create the creatures and characters you want our hero to encounter and together, moment by moment, we will tell a new tale of Quinn!

What lands will Quinn explore? What mystical objects will they discover? What strange characters will Quinn meet? You decide!

Created by Camila Percy (Brisbane) and performed by Wellington’s own Playshop.

This show premiered at the Lord Mayor’s Children’s Concerts, supported by the Brisbane City Council and produced by Evolution Productions.

BATS Theatre: The Random Stage
9 – 11 October 2019
All Tickets $12
Full Price $12
Group of 4 Price $40 (4 tickets only) $10
Full Price Season Pass – 3 shows for $45
Concession Price Season Pass – 3 shows for $36

NZ Improv Festival, Kids and Family

The Random Stage is fully wheelchair accessible; please contact the BATS Box Office by 4.30pm on the show day if you have accessibility requirements so that the appropriate arrangements can be made. Read more about accessibility at BATS.

Performed by
Cam Percy
Sam Irwin
Jennifer O'Sullivan
Clare Kerrison
Katherine Weaver

Music: Liam Kelly (Ben Zolno other days)

Lights by Darryn Woods

Theatre , Improv , Family , Children’s ,

45 mins

Delightfully madcap, well worded and delivered with alacrity

Review by Margaret Austin 09th Oct 2019

“These performances may contain absolutely anything, but nothing is intended to cause harm.” Thus reads a disclaimer for the current Improv Festival running at BATS. It’s probably tongue in cheek – but in these PC days, who knows?

I’m in the Heyday Dome to watch The New Tales of Quinn. Next to me in the back row are a couple of young parents who tell me their offspring are upstairs attending an improvisation workshop. Like me, these two want to have a bird’s eye view of the audience’s reaction – the audience being composed mainly of a bunch of kids in the front few seats.

Cam Percy, from Australia, has created this show. She takes the part of story teller, a mixture of MC and narrator, and there are four other performers – Sam Irwin, Jennifer O’Sullivan, Clare Kerrison, Katherine Weaver – and and a keyboarder: Liam Kelly. 

We meet the Quinn of the title and she plunges us straight into a story. This is a novel tweak to the rather more conventional immediate request for input from the audience. That input is asked for as the show goes along, and it’s nicely judged, not overdone. 

If there’s a theme to the three vignettes we get, it’s an interesting one: the choice between a good action by one of the characters and an evil one. Our juvenile audience urges evil. Should I feel disconcerted? But it’s theatre – as I’m relieved to be reminded on hearing the pantomime familiarity of “Look behind you.”

We get some delightful characters, my favourite being a baby unicorn, who has good reasons for not growing up. “Don’t tell people how to parent,” he glooms. Another character is a trend setter, or trail blazer, and his philosophy is, “If you want it, you’ll never be it.”

The show is definitely enhanced, not only by the music, but by some wildly inventive costumes and the onscreen projection of drawings that suit the action. And the action is improvisation at its best – delightfully madcap, well worded and delivered with alacrity.

The kids love it.


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