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Gift of the Gab


Tue 3 Mar 2015, 6:30pm–7:30pm
Wed 4 Mar 2015, 6:30pm–7:30pm
Thu 5 Mar 2015, 6:30pm–7:30pm
Fri 6 Mar 2015, 6:30pm–7:30pm
Sat 7 Mar 2015, 6:30pm–7:30pm

Where: Gryphon Theatre, 22 Ghuznee St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Full: $19.45 ($18.00 + $1.45 fees)
  • Concession: $16.38 ($15.00 + $1.38 fees)
  • Fringe Addict: $16.38 ($15.00 + $1.38 fees)
  • Fringe Artist: $12.30 ($12.00 + $0.30 fees)
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Listed by: nzfringe

Presented by With Our Powers Combined
(Comedy; Film; Theatre)

Gift of the Gab is a one man show made up of celebrity impressions and a razor sharp wit that both celebrates and criticises the Hollywood blockbuster. Following the path of an action adventure Gab, a devoted film fan, realises that there’s an inherent pattern that Hollywood continually engineers to keep the masses placated. In the wake of the most dismal and blatant of cash-grabs, a Harry Potter action spinoff following Severus Snape, which causes the population to fall into a euphoric frenzy, Gab teams up with a disgruntled Ian McKellen to dismantle the toxic Hollywood Machine piece by piece.

With an immersive integration of performer, projection and sound, Gift of the Gab will engage in both a theatrical and filmic experience. By combining film’s ability for depth and composition as well as theatre’s thrilling spontaneity and liveness this Hollywood ode will be fast paced, immediate and transport the audience to rich and exotic locations through video and imagination.

The performer, James Cain, is an actor, improviser and impressionist, having amassed a large and eclectic range of celebrity voices. In this way Gift of the Gab can operate as the ultimate who’s who of the movies and make this show the ultimate wish fulfilment blockbuster. He’s travelled to the Globe in London with the Young Shakespeare Company in 2010 and currently works with the Improvised Comedy group PlayShop.

Within this show’s ridiculously fantastical parameters lies our central concern, our love and need for quality storytelling. How we should celebrate work that entertains and engages and to critique and question entertainment that’s dumbed down, reductive and harmful to our way of thinking. Hollywood is a strange beast that we both love and hate and Gift of the Gab will embrace that wonderful contradiction as well as aim to articulate why.

Warning: may contain coarse language

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