The Menagerie has been delivering regular variety shows at Wellington’s Fringe Bar for almost two years now. The company is dedicated to bringing together different acts from different genres and creating as diverse a show as possible.
This month The Menagerie have restricted themselves to only two live performance genres: stand-up comedy and burlesque. This special edition of The Menagerie is subtitled ‘Comic Strip’.
Producer Rachel Rouge has still curated a very diverse show. “The 6 burlesque performers range from classic to innovative and perform straight burlesque, pole dance and drag. Our 4 comedians are just as varied with different comedic styles, backgrounds and world views.”
On Saturday the 25th of July the line up includes stand-up comedians; Rob Harris, Alice Brine, Ollie Crafter and Caroline Welkin. As well as burlesque artists; Clever Hansel, Penny Pins, Andre Corey, Fanciforia Foxglove, Felix Goodfellow and Ellie Kat (the last two are the same performer in different guises).
Rouge’s love of diversity does not extend to her choice of typefaces. When asked why she didn’t take the opportunity to use the comic sans font on her poster this month Rouge (who has an honours degree in typography) said “No. Not now, not ever. Just no.”