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Blood Relative


Thu 8 Mar 2018, 6:00pm–7:15pm
Fri 9 Mar 2018, 6:00pm–7:15pm
Sat 10 Mar 2018, 2:00pm–3:15pm
Sat 10 Mar 2018, 6:00pm–7:15pm
Sun 11 Mar 2018, 2:00pm–3:15pm

Where: New Athenaeum Theatre, 23 The Octagon, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: R13

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $18.45 ($18.00 + $0.45 fees)
  • Concession: $10.25 ($10.00 + $0.25 fees)
  • Koha Ticket: $3.08 ($3.00 + $0.08 fees)
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Listed by: Dunedin Fringe

“Family are the ones who will always be there for you" ...unless they disapprove of you, or are dying, or can never be born.

Blood Relative is a solo autobiographical dramatic re-telling by genderqueer artist and fertility-challenged Ren Lunicke (of the award-winning dark comedy “Ze”: queer as f*ck!) featuring Ren’s disapproving radical evangelical mum and Ren’s beloved grandmother, whom they care-take in the months prior to her passing.
All three generations struggle in the shadow of death to dominate the narrative of what makes a “happy family.” Constantly disappointed by their expectations for biological bonds, they must examine the power and possibility to redefine and remake "family" for oneself, and decide how each of them fits into that new picture.

This inter-generational love story is for anyone who has been disappointed by family, that felt the apple fell far from the tree, or who thought the generational divide was too far to cross.

First show KOHA! One night only 8 March, 2017. 6pm.

Bio: Zir Productions is the performance vehicle for Ren Lunicke, a genderqueer Ameri-nadian Kiw-aussie based in New Zealand and best known for their award nominated and winning show "Ze": queer as f*ck! as well as alternative comedy. Zir shows mine personal experience, psychology, philosophy, and spirituality to connect audiences to themselves, the "other," nature, and even the divine with deep pathos and devilish humour.

Previous performance works have included solo story-telling shows, spoken word poetry, street performance, gallery work, commissioned performance art pieces.

(for "Ze")
Nominated for Best Comedy - FRINGE WORLD 2016
Won "Best Use of Awkward Silence" - Toronto Fringe 2016
Won 3rd place "Artistic Risk Award" - Vancouver Fringe 2016

Blood Relative:
" a magnificent piece....touching...The delivery of these controversial topics was exceptional." - Independent Theatre Association

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 5 / 5 -Perth Happenings

"powerful and insightful...a must see" - The Queer Av

Fringe tags; Theatre, Storytelling, Performance Art

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