COMEDY

Wellington’s Finest Put on a Mighty Fine Show Next Week

Thursday 6 December 2007, 4:30PM
By Wellington City Council
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WELLINGTON CITY

The silly season is upon us already and what better way to celebrate than to head down to Mighty Mighty in Cuba Street next week for an evening of drama and comedy with the Six O’clock Swill.


The Six O'clock Swill is a series of one-act plays that take place monthly at Mighty Mighty. They are funded by the Creative Communities Wellington local funding scheme, administered by Wellington City Council.

Six O'clock Swill producer Mark Westerby says the Creative Communities scheme ensures the plays take place every month.

"The Swill is a brilliant opportunity for practitioners to fine-tune their craft in front of an audience," says Mr Westerby. "We have a mix of plays from well-known playwrights, local scripts under development, and of course our infamous improvised saga, Magnum: The Lost Episodes. What this series does is allow artists to try their hand at new, edgy and interesting work, and allow audiences easy access to this work with cheap entry and in a non-traditional space."

Next week's shows, on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 December, offer a sneak peak at On the Conditions and Possibilities of Helen Clark Taking Me as Her Young Lover adapted from the book by Richard Meros; American playwright Quincy Long's The Muse; and the next instalment of Magnum: The Lost Episodes.

Many of the projects that were allocated grants from the latest Creative Communities round will be part of the 2008 New Zealand Fringe Festival, which runs throughout February.

Various projects such as workshops, performances, short-term arts events, artist in residence schemes and arts-related promotional activities are all eligible for funding.

The next round of the Creative Communities Wellington local funding scheme closes on 31 March 2008.

Information on the scheme and other Wellington City Council grants can be found on the Council's website, www.Wellington.govt.nz, or people can phone the Council's grants team on 499 4444.

Information on the Six O'clock Swill series can be found at www.sixoclockswill.com