Nikki Karki brings her tale of two alternative futures to reality in 'Sliding Doors'. Photo: Supplied.

Fringe Festival set to laugh mode


The Bay Landscapes Nelson Fringe Festival 2020 is bursting at the seams with all things creative, say organisers.

More than 30 shows are packed into one week from 14 – 22 August at the Nelson Centre for Musical Arts.

And festival marketing manager Lisa Allan says most of it will have you laughing.

“More than anything else, it is comedy that shines through in this line-up.”

Lisa says some are locals, some are children and some are even from across the ditch.

The People’s Republic of Improv train together weekly and feature a bunch of improvisors who are based in Nelson but collectively come from the United States, England and Aotearoa.

“Their style is playful and melodramatic and their series of soap opera-inspired shows have been incredibly popular over the years.”

They are bringing ‘Sliding Doors’ to the Fringe Festival.

“If you’ve seen the movie of the same name, then you’ll get the gist of this show. One character, two possible futures, fun times ensured.”

Cre8 Theatre Company, cast with young Nelsonians, have their improvised comedy show ‘City Life of Cats’ which is an original show format that follows Pebbles the Cat as she gets up to mischief.

Ben ‘Tito’ Caldwell grew up in Brightwater but is now based in Fielding.

He’s a father of five, a husband of one and committed to developing Manawatu’s comedy scene.

“Ben’s storytelling is insightful, friendly and entertaining. He’s not afraid of being the butt of his own joke and people shouldn’t be surprised at how personal his material gets,” Lisa says.

Matt Powell currently calls Wellington home and he is very active in the vibrant improv scene there.

He brings two shows to Fringe, ‘The History Boy’ and ‘¡ESCÁNDALO!’

“Both promise high-quality improv from an improvisor who has decades of performing and teaching under his belt.”

Jim Fishwick is Australian who was still living there when New Zealand went into lockdown.

This was a problem for him because his wife was living in Hamilton.

“He jumped on a plane, sorted immigration out quick smart and the long and short of it is that Fringe gets a lovely slice of Jim Fishwick’s creativity to share.”

Jim’s shows are ‘Museum Of This Morning’ and ‘The Saboteur’.

“The former is a delightful invention of a novel museum based on things that happened earlier in the day. The latter is a devilish show, where one player is trying to sabotage the whole thing- but who is ‘The Saboteur’ and can you figure it out before it’s too late?”

Bay Landscapes Nelson Fringe Festival 2020, 14 – 22 August, Tickets from $13 at Eventfinda.