Fringe Festival off to fast start

AMY JACKMAN
Last updated 05:00 08/02/2014
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SASSY SINGER: Hayley Sproull will be entertaining crowds in Miss Fletcher Sings the Blues.

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The trials of gay relationships, cheeky musical comedy, and lifeguards for fountains are among the first offerings in this year's Fringe Festival.

Smoke Labours Productions brings a new show from noted playwright Sam Brooks.

Riding in Cars with (Mostly Straight) Boys tells the tale of Kyle, an everyday young gay guy who realises the man he loves is actually not as straight as he seems.

Not only that, in true quirky Fringe Festival style, the play is set in a car park behind Te Papa.

For an hour the audience will watch Kyle and his relationships play out in and around the cars of his youth.

Miss Fletcher Sings the Blues is a new show by Wellington comedian Hayley Sproull.

Sproull was the winner of Best Wellington Newcomer at the 2012 New Zealand International Comedy Festival.

Her show follows a young music teacher trying to inspire her class of unsuspecting young men (otherwise known as the audience).

Through the power of songs such as Key Changes for Africa, Puberty Express and Moustache Paradise, she hopes to give them a lifelong tool for self-expression.

It's musical comedy that is billed as being similar to Flight of the Conchords.

The Fountain Lifeguards will be running around the city performing life-preserving techniques on water features.

They will show people the Birdpoo Avoidance Manouvre, the Floating Bandaid Situation, give advice and perform mouth to mouth when needed.

To find out where and when the lifeguards can be spotted, check out fringe.co.nz or The Public Service Facebook page.

Riding in Cars with (Mostly Straight) Boys, behind Te Papa, Cable St, until February 11, 7pm, free/koha.

Miss Fletcher Sings the Blues, Whitireia Theatre, Vivian St, February 11 till 15, 8pm, $12 to $18, tickets from fringe.co.nz.

The Fountain Life Guards, venues announced on fringe.co.nz, Feb 7 and 8, 20 and 21, and 28 and March 1, noon, free.

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