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Grimy teen romance swims from Manila to Wellington

Published: Fri 22 Jan 2010 10:13 AM
Grimy teen romance swims from Manila to Sydney to Wellington
Australian theatre-artist Blind will premiere new theatre show Sun Drugs in The Pit Bar at BATS Theatre from 3-6 March as part of the New Zealand Fringe Festival. Set in Manila's flash-flooded streets, this grimy teen romance follows the attempts of two hip brothers to transform a geeky loner into the prom queen before an epidemic wipes out the entire city.
Part-theatre show, part-science lecture and part DIY-vibrator making workshop, Sun Drugs crams all the exotic beauty sweeping romance of The English Patient into 30 intense minutes and microwaves them.
The Pit Bar at BATS Theatre will be the launching pad for a glorious journey into a half-drowned tropical wonderland. Sun Drugs condenses the image-rich poetry of T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, the vivid travelogues of Jack Kerouac, the fascinating science lessons of Carl Sagan and the hormone-drenched characters of every lurid Hollywood highschool romance you've ever seen into one free performance celebrating from March 3 - 6.
Blind is 26-year old Australian playwright, performer and poet David Finnigan. Since forming his first company at the age of 17 in the Australian capital of Canberra, David has produced and performed original work in venues and festivals throughout Australia.
In 2006, David was awarded a residency in Manila as Writer-in-Residence for Tanghalang Pilipino, the national theatre company of the Philippines. As a spoken-word artist, David was one of 16 finalists in the Australian National Poetry Slam in 2008 and has been featured at the National Young Writers Festival (Aus) and the New York Mercury Lounge Slam (USA).
For more information, visit www.blind-dragonfly.com/?p=605
WHEN: 9.00 - 9.30pm Wednesday 3 - Saturday 6 March
WHERE: The Pit Bar at BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Terrace, Wellington
COST: Free
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