Gregory Cooper’s gem of a solo show Heroic Faun No. One was on of the highlights of the 2009 Auckland Fringe Festival.
The play is based on Gregory’s experiences on the set of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. It was on of those rare shows that didn’t just create “a positive word of mouth” or a “buzz”. No. What it created was a “frenzied frenetic rave”.
So, if you missed it the first time around, then rejoice because The Rebel Alliance is bringing the most heroic faun in all of Narnia back to Auckland’s The Basement in June 2010.
It was a too brief season in Wellington. Grace opened on August 19 at BATS Theatre, recieved a rave review and created a tangible buzz. As the season drew to an end the final two performances sold out.
Grace opens on September 15 at Auckland’s The Basement (the former Silo Theatre)
In March we took The Orderly to BATS theatre in Wellington as part of the city’s Fringe Festival. It was our first tour out of Auckland and it proved to be worth our while.
The critical response was extremely positive; The Dom post called it “a welcome injection of professionalism into the Fringe Festival” and Capital Times said it was “ solo theatre as it should be.” As a result Radio New Zealand has decided to adapt The Orderly for radio. We expect it to go to air early next year.
It was the third season since its premiere in March 2006 and it’s come a long way since then. After each season we have always done a debrief to discuss what worked, what didn’t work and what could work better. Michael then goes to a place of solitude and trim, rewrite and cut the script where necessary. The Orderly as it stands now is therefore leaner and meaner than ever.
On March 21 we were invited to present The Orderly at PANNZ – New Zealand’s only performing arts market. It was a chance to pitch the play to both national and international venues and festivals. The competition was fierce as we presented alongside companies such as Black Grace, Auckland Theatre Company, The Silo and Taki Rua. At 14.15 with nothing to lose and everything to win we took a deep breath and dived into a cold (the air con had been on full for the entire day) conference room, where tired representatives for venues and festivals awaited. And what can we say but… we rocked the house! The trailer cracked up the entire audience (no mean feat since they’d been listening to pitches all day) and Michael demanded their full attention as he performed an excerpt from the play. We now hope to get The Orderly on the festival circuit and judging by the initial response chances are good that The Rebel Alliance will go on the road.
The Rebel Alliance is delighted to announce that March will see rebels performing in both the Wellington and Auckland Fringe Festivals.
On March 1 Gregory Cooper’s Heroic Faun No. One makes its Wellington debut at the Fringe Bar. 8 days later a brand new play, Standstill, will premier at The Basement theatre in Auckland.
Heroic Faun No. One had a great return season at The Basement last year and we felt it was time for the little faun to make his way to the Capital. For a taste of what to expect have a look at the TV3 news intom on last year’s return season here.
As for Standstill, well, waht can we say? Both cast and content is kept behind a veil of secrecy. Is it a comedy? Unknown. Is it a drama? Unknown. How many actors are in it? Unknown. When was the last time you went to see a show or a film you knew absolutely nothing about? We hope that you’re up for taking a chance.