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FRINGE 18: Judge, Jury & Cookie Monster

Judge, Jury & Cookie Monster (created and directed by John Burrows) opens in dramatic fashion to the theme tune of Law & Order and the background voice of ‘that’ infamous Sesame Street character.  The stage is set like that of a criminal courtroom and stage show all at the same time, with the audience itself becoming the jury.

Throw in a plethora of widely known brands and allegoric puns surrounding baked goods, alongside popular daytime TV game-show references – and a night of irreverent slapstick ensues!

It’s main players: Courtney Eggleton, Kirsty Bruce, Lucas Haugh, Rishab Kapoor, Will Moffatt, Sneha Shetty and Kyle Shields become the: Shewsburys, Graham Crackers, Belgian’s and Swiss Cremes – a cameo panel of the accused and the accuser, each presented with the alleged crime and interrogated with the most ridiculous of motives.

‘Judge Jury & Cookie Monster’ uses the most entertaining and unusual of interactive theatrics to solve the crime, in the spirit of such game shows as: Deal or No Deal, The Chase and the contemporary social card game, ‘Crimes against Humanity’, as a process of elimination and acquittal of suspects one-by-one ….

A Krypton-Factor styled task to re-enact a probable crime-scene scenario, was extremely amusing and reminiscent of a skit from ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’, showcasing particularly clever mechanics by one very laterally thinking jury member.

Drawing us all to the conclusion of the show (and in turn the case itself).  Judge Jury & Cookie Monster sedge-ways into a conversation between the plaintiff and the judge, that exposes a most unexpected background story, and subsequently, the most unpredictable of outcomes.

With a surprise guest plaintiff each performance night and fantastic moments of comedic improvisation, you are guaranteed an evening of unbridled excitement, and if you’re so lucky, a complimentary cookie upon leaving the courtroom, being just the icing on the cake!


Now showing at the Q Theatre ~ 27th February – 3th March

seen | Gorge – Auckland Fringe Festival

Crazy, magical and wildly entertaining, Frankovich and Mason’s GORGE is a real feast for the eyes as well as the belly’s, a must see at this years Auckland FRINGE Festival – this show is not to be missed!

 Opening night of Virginia Frankovich and Phoebe Mason’s GORGE was a one-stop shop full of treats, madness and food galore. “Welcome to Pick and Mixes Carnival of Treats” the talented duo announced, as they invited us into their World of make believe; where little girls eat gallons of cakes and flies tell tales of triumph over who ate the most cheese ball.

Some of the delicious treats at the GORGE 'Sweet Stall'

As you entered the venue you become lost in the magic and delight of the GORGE, the play itself was a feast for the eyes, with giant lollipops, candy canes, cakes and plenty of cream buns to go around. At the door, you were given a token, which you could exchange for a delicious treat at the ‘sweet stall’ as you eagerly waited for the show to start.

GORGE centres around little Mollie’s sixth birthday party at the ‘Carnival of Treats’, where wonderland becomes reality and flies talk, where little girls like Medina learn the truth about food and a darkening reality slowly begins to brew beneath the surface.

As Frankovich states “Consumption and excess are the essential themes of the play, asking us to think about the way we feel about ourselves and how we treat our bodies.

The idea for GORGE has always been at the back of Frankovich’s mind. “As a child I always loved Willy Wonka and Roald Dahl…I have always been interested in food excess [and] I thought it would be nice to do a play that was different from the average romance comedy….[GORGE] can relate to people as we consume food in our everyday lives and I thought it would be an interesting idea to investigate through theatre

This play is wickedly funny and wildly entertaining, these girls bring to life the characters within GORGE through emotion, physicality and great comedic timing. All whilst delving into the character’s psyche to get an in depth look at what it is to consume food, whilst making us think about the un-necessary excess we gorge on a daily basis.

Virginia Frankovich and Phoebe Mason after the show

Frankovich and Mason prove that more really is more when it comes to food and theatre. GORGE is a great interactive and audience friendly play with an explosive finale that will make you shiver. As Frankovich states “it’s exciting, nostalgic and it will make you laugh [plus]there will be plenty of sweets to eat!” A wonderful two women show on food, excess, greed and consumption and a must see at Auckland’s Fringe Festival – this show not to be missed!


Get your GORGE tickets at http://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2013/mar/gorge

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Words: Nathalie Owen

Images: Nathalie Owen

GORGE Poster: Chris Stratton and Oliver Rosser

Registrations Open for Auckland Fringe 2013

Auckland Fringe is planning its comeback in February 2013 and is calling all performers, artists and creative types to register to participate in a global arts festival phenomenon.

Following the success of 2011’s festival, which saw 1296 people involved in 99 shows, with an audience of 51,888, Auckland Fringe is looking to once again eclipse that number – building upon the initial foundations laid down in the inaugural 2009 season.

Anything can happen at the Fringe, given its open access arts mentality; performances in the past have ranged from incredible theatrical events (Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer, When Animals Dream of Sheep), music (Fringe vs. Mum, Affetto), dance (Weg: ‘A Way’) through to interesting art pieces (The Safety Device of Elisha Otis, Pigs In The Yard). If Auckland Fringe could be summed up in two words, those two words would be “anything” and “goes.”

Registrations for the 2013 season can be submitted via the Auckland Fringe Website, www.aucklandfringe.co.nz.
Artist registrations: 1 August – 28 September 2012
Auckland Fringe: 15 February – 10 March 2013
Auckland Fringe runs concurrently with NZ Fringe in Wellington and is closely followed by the Dunedin and Hamilton Fringes, creating a Nationwide touring network.