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Russian Activist Collective Pussy Riot Leads the Lineup for Wellington Fringe Festival 2019

The group's 'Riot Days' is just one of the 137 shows taking place next March.
By Stephen Heard
December 18, 2018
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Russian Activist Collective Pussy Riot Leads the Lineup for Wellington Fringe Festival 2019

The group's 'Riot Days' is just one of the 137 shows taking place next March.
By Stephen Heard
December 18, 2018
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The full program for Wellington Fringe 2019 has landed with Russian activist collective Pussy Riot leading the bill. Made up of approximately 11 members, the group is best-known for its large-scale protests, including invading the pitch during the 2018 World Cup Final and their provocative guerrilla performance inside Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

In Wellington, the feminist protest punk rock group will make their New Zealand debut with Pussy Riot: Riot Days – a live accompaniment to core member Maria Alyokhina's memoir Riot Days that merges punk, electronica, theatre, documentary footage and protest. The performance will take place at San Fran on Tuesday, 12 March.

137 shows are set to take place across the city from 1-23 March, 2019. Highlights of the 2019 international lineup include North Yorkshire's The Flanagan Collective who will premiere their modern retelling of an ancient myth Orpheus, London comedian Will Naameh aka MC Hammersmith who will presents his award-winning freestyle rap show 100 Rhymes Per Hour, Australian trio The Furies who bring feminist disco Fringe Wives Club Glittery Clitteryand disgraced actor Garry Starr who will defy his critics by performing every genre of theatre possible.

From New Zealand comes Billy T 2018 nominees Two Hearts with an interactive musical comedy and live karaoke; annual celebration CubaDupa returns with over 250 curated performances over two days; solo performer Sean Lynch presents his very literal show Watching Paint Dry; and comedic talents David Correos and Donna Brookbanks unite for a split-bill show.

Wellington Fringe takes place from 1-23 March, 2019. For more information, visit fringe.co.nz.

Published on December 18, 2018 by Stephen Heard

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