Award Winning NZ Show Break Up 'Top 10 Weirdest Shows' Edinburgh Fringe 2017
New Zealand performance company, Binge Culture, brings cult hit of Edinburgh Fringe to Melbourne and Sydney Fringe Festivals this September. Binge Culture's Break Up was shortlisted for the prestigious Total Theatre Awards at Edinburgh Fringe 2017, as well as named in The Top Ten weirdest shows at the festival (Time Out) and played to sell out audiences.
Break Up has previously played in Wellington, Auckland, New York and Edinburgh and the 2018 Melbourne Fringe will be the Australian premiere for Binge Culture, who have been recognised in New Zealand as "one of the country's most exciting, direct and original theatre companies" (NZ Herald).
In Break Up, five performers create and destroy an entire relationship from scratch in real-time. In Melbourne, the performers will stick it out for a five hour non-stop marathon, battling their own exhaustion. In Sydney, the company will, for the first time, perform the show in two installments over two evenings. Audience members can come and go throughout, and are encouraged to tweet during the performance using the hashtag #bingebreakup to keep absent audience members up with the play.
'Watching Break Up is like watching a sports match', says director Ralph Upton. 'There are rules, but we don't know what's going to happen until we get out there and start kicking the ball around. And by the ball, I mean these two imaginary characters' hopes, dreams, and darkest fears. Breaking up is never easy, but in my experience it's never been this fun'.
Audience tweet, 2017
@jojo2511 if your penultimate show of #edfringe isn't five hours long and doesn't involve improv & bananas have you even done the fringe #bingebreakup
Shortlisted Total Theatre Award: Innovation, Experimentation & Playing with Form 2017 Spirit of the Fringe Award, Auckland Fringe, 2015. Highly Commended for "Most Original Concept" New Zealand Fringe 2014
Break Up Melbourne
Sunday 23 September, 6pm-11pm
Fringe Hub - Arts House - Festival Club 521 Queensbury St, North Melbourne
Break Up Sydney
Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 September, 8:30pm-11:30pm
Archie Rose Touring Hub - Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St, Newtown