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Wed 11 Feb 2015, 6:00pm–8:00pm

Where: Aotea Square, Queen St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages


Listed by: Elephant Publicity

Drop Everything the Whales Need You

Help needed! Approximately 30 whales of an unknown species are stranded in central Auckland. In desperate need of BYO buckets, wet towels and kind folk of all ages to look after them before the tide is high enough to attempt a refloat. Are you available? Bring family and friends to Aotea Square on 11th February at 6pm to assist.

What would you do if you saw a pod of whales stranded on a beach? Or even perhaps in central Auckland? Wellington’s leading theatre collective Binge Culture bring the royalty of the sea to our urban metropolis with their award-winning Whales – presented in Auckland Live’s exciting programme of NZ fringe makers within Auckland Fringe 2015.

A mix of company members and volunteers embody two separate pods of 15 whales (wetsuits, fins and all!) which swim majestically through the streets. In an attempt to get back to the water they inevitably get stranded – a chance for the response team and audience members to douse them in water, cover them in damp towels and once the tide is far enough in, hopefully help them back into the sea.

This Auckland Fringe performance marks the first outing for this pod in Central Auckland. In 2013, Whales premiered at the NZ Fringe Festival winning Best in Fringe, Creative New Zealand Award for Innovation and the Fringe Outdoor Award. In 2014, Binge Culture took it to the park at Splore Art Festival and helped open the National Whale Centre in Picton. “We aimed to make something accessible [with Whales], in which the public could play an integral part,” says co-producer, Fiona McNamara. Binge Culture member Ralph Upton says that "the highlight for us is the way the children respond to the whales – from driving a tiny tractor to singing songs to keep their whale calm, they really showed the adults how to do the job".

"Wellington's Binge Culture strengthens its reputation as one of the country's most exciting, direct and original theatre companies." - NZ Herald

Whales is part of Auckland Live’s Square Soapbox events programme from 11-14 February in Aotea Square including the Binge Culture mixtape night - Oh What A Lovely Fringe. Featuring scenes and games too difficult or risky for the traditional stage, Binge takes it outdoors and then invites a plethora of Fringe guest artists to take to the stage. Come see the best of the best (or the wildest of the wild, at least).

Whales is an event is suitable for grownups, children and hipsters, and everyone is invited to bring a bucket.

Auckland Fringe 2015 is an open access arts festival where anything can happen. The 2015 programme will see work happening all over the show, pushing the boundaries of performance Auckland wide from February 11 to March 1.

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