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The Blind Date Project

Published: Mon 22 Sep 2014 02:03 PM
Media Release –for immediate release
1 WOMAN. 31 DATES. 3500 THIRD WHEELS.
Silo Theatre in collaboration with Ride On Theatre presents
THE BLIND DATE PROJECT
By Bojana Novakovic and Mark Winter, with Thomas Henning
Directed by Tanya Goldberg
4 – 29 November 2014
“One of the hottest tickets of the Sydney Festival. Wincingly funny.
A sitcom without a script.” Sydney Morning Herald
Following in the footsteps of White Rabbit, Red Rabbit (2013), Silo Theatre challenges theatre conventions once again with an unscripted, spontaneous theatrical experience when The Blind Date Project opens at The Basement from November 4. A sell-out success at the 2013 Sydney Festival and currently selling out in LA, The Blind Date Project will make its New Zealand debut.
The apprehension of going on a blind date is suddenly compounded when a group of people [that’s you, the audience] gather to witness an improvised meeting between two complete strangers in a tacky karaoke bar. The premise is simple – or so it seems. A woman sits alone waiting for her date to arrive, and that date is a different performer every night. The catch? The actress, “our girl” has no idea who she is about to meet.
Actor Natalie Medlock (The Yeti Trilogy, Shortland Street) has bravely agreed to play Anna, a woman who will be matched (and mis-matched!) with a bevy of mystery performers across 31 shows. Directed live by mobile phone, every performance will be different and completely unpredictable. The Blind Date Project taps into the most human impulses in us all – seeking approval, looking for love, saying too much and struggling to impress.
The Blind Date Project sees Silo return to their original stomping ground at The Basement Theatre after eight years, transforming it into a pop-up karaoke bar designed by Celery Productions (Art in the Dark).
Having directed the original Sydney Festival season, Tanya Goldberg jets over to Auckland to collaborate with Silo and create performance mayhem with a line-up of outstanding talent willing to take up the challenge – the surprise rotating cast of mystery dates includes Madeleine Sami, Oliver Driver, Pua Magasiva, Jamie Bowen, Edwin Wright, Jesse Griffin, Nic Sampson, Rawiri Jobe, Michelle Blundell, Cameron Rhodes, Chris Parker with many more to be announced. Watching over these rendezvous is the bartender and “karaoke queen” played by actor/singer Bryony Skillington.
Be a fly on the wall of Silo’s hilarious and unique theatrical experiment where each encounter may turn out to be awkward, tender or totally hot. Book a table, grab some drinks and watch it all play out.
“It’s like witnessing magic. A unique theatrical experience not to be missed”
Time Out Sydney
For more information visit silotheatre.co.nz
THE BLIND DATE PROJECT plays
Dates: 4 – 29 November 2014 (Mon/Tue – 7pm. Wed/Thur – 8pm. Fri/Sat – 7pm and 9pm)
Venue: The Basement, Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland CBD
Tickets: $25 - $39 (booking fees apply)
Bookings: Ticketmaster – www.ticketmaster.co.nz or 09 970 9700

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