The Many Other Lives Of Maria Madness

Published: Wed 11 Feb 2009 05:05 PM
The Many Other Lives Of Maria Madness

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15th January 2009
The Soupietwist Theatre Collective Presents
As a Part of the 2009 New Zealand Fringe Festival
The Many Other Lives Of Maria Madness
Feb 14th, 15th, 21st & 22nd 2009. 6.30pm.
Wellington Performing Arts Centre, 36 Vivian Street
Tickets: Waged $10 / Unwaged $8 / Fringe Addict $6
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It's the question on the lips of a whole city – just who is Maria Madness? The only way to find out is come along and see for yourself.
The world premiere of a devised comedy by the Soupietwist Theatre Collective explodes in to the world and on to the stage for two weekends only (the 14th and 15th, 21st and 22nd) at the Wellington Performing Arts Centre as a part of the 2009 New Zdealand Fringe Festival.
This hour-long journey through the life of the elusive Maria is sure to entertain audiences with hilarious physical comedy and biting wit that should appeal to all audiences twelve and up.
“We have no real agenda except, that is, to entertain.” says Uther Dean, the writer. “We want to have fun. Not preach or preen or opine. The theatre can so easily turn into a soap box expounding to the converted. We just want to give the audience a funny, fun, joyous little hour.”
The Many Other Lives Of Maria Madness is playing as part of a double bill with The Pragmatic by Grubstreet Theatre which goes on at 8pm on the same dates. The Pragmatic's low key word play and razor sharp satire serves as perfect complement and counterpoint to Maria's dizzy silliness. Tickets for both shows are $15 or $10 for Fringe Addict Card holders.
Soupietwist Theatre Collective is a newly minted collection of Victoria University theatre students coming out of their second year of study. But, involvement in past shows – like the 2007 Fringe's surprise hit Volcanoes Are Awesome! and the critically lauded, sell out 2007 comedy festival sensation The Hunting of the Snark – means that they know what it takes to give an audience a rollicking good time.
“We just wanted to eschew the theory and just put something on,” says Laura Balmforth, the director. “There is only so much you can learn from writing essays, so, we decided to just do something. Show the world our chops and a good time.”

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