'Bad drama' an invitation to laugh
Intentionally bad experimental theatreSIENA YATES
Anyone who's ever been to a fancy, artsy play and wanted nothing more than to laugh at the serious bits, might want to check out Six Bad Arthouse Plays coming up for the Fringe Festival.
Headed by producer and co-director Joshua Drummond, Six Bad Arthouse Plays aims to see if intentionally bad experimental theatre is the same as any other kind.
"We just thought it would be fun to see what would happen if we actually gave the audience permission to laugh," Drummond said.
So he and a group of like-minded theatre folk wrote intentionally bad plays that "takes the proud tradition of arthouse theatre, drags it out quietly behind the shed and shoots it repeatedly".
The Six Bad Arthouse Plays, of which there are actually seven - all part of the point - satirise different styles of theatre, including interpretive dance, '90s gender politics, and a Soviet game show called "don't touch the butter".
The 13 actors, directors, and their alter-egos from Hamilton theatre, The Apocolypse Lounge, all signed up just to be a part of the laughs.
Drummond said it was too soon to tell if they'd succeeded in being funny - intentionally or not - but co-director Louise Blackstock said the cast was still laughing through rehearsals, which must be a good sign.
Working on "a comically small budget", the crew is sourcing from op shops or handmaking props and costumes for the minimalist play, which they hope everyone can enjoy.
The play will be on at 9pm October 4, 5 and 6 at The Meteor theatre. Entry is $10.
"Like My Status" by Arthur Whiteman.
"Yogalogues: Some Curious Musings" by Amber Crystal.
"Don't Touch the Butter" by Johan Spunkmeyer.
"The Paark" by Umlaut Seven.
"Native Birds of New Zealand" by Mark McMarkson.
"A-CORD-dance" by Gyna.
"Teh Interwebs" by Anonymous.
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