Sword swallower and song classics in lineup

17:20, Nov 29 2012
Comedian James Nokise, left, and musician Adam Page
PERFECT MATCH: Comedian James Nokise, left, and musician Adam Page are teaming up for a fringe festival singalong of 1980s and 1990s classic songs.

Wellington's fringe festival, which was almost canned last year, will be back in February with at least 100 shows.

New Zealand Fringe Festival co-ordinator Hannah Clarke said the event, running from February 15 to March 9, was believed to be the biggest in a decade. "We couldn't believe we had actually cracked 100."

Those numbers compared with 58 shows earlier this year, and even fewer the previous year, when a funding cut meant the festival was almost canned, then scaled back to two weeks.

"It's definitely my goal to grow the fringe," Clarke said. "There's definitely scope for it in Wellington."

She has had a long-running involvement in the fringe, both as an artist and organiser, but this year is her first as co-ordinator.

The fringe programme, officially launched on December 12, will include an Irish sword swallower at Civic Square, who can swallow two swords at once.


Wellington theatre troupe Binge Culture is putting on three shows, including a "stranding of whales" outside Te Papa - but no whales will be harmed, promised publicist Brianne Kerr.

The programme will also feature comedian James Nokise, who will be teaming up with musician Adam Page for a singalong of 1980s and 90s classic songs.

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