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Fringe Festival at Old Folks Ass

The Fringe Festival is here and Old Folks is proud to be hosting 3 shows over the next couple of weeks. Night time is retreating on each click of the calendar, so get back into it with a soft opening into a Covid-sensitive world. The performing arts have been hit hard by all this staying at home perfecting your sourdough recipe, so every foot in the door is a vote of confidence for the artists who work against the odds to present live work.

You can get to the fringe website here

Find out more about each show below or cut to the chase to book tickets



To Be Frank



Where is my SEROTONIN?

A dance-theatre solo show about finding happiness.

We are all on the search for happiness. What is it? Where is it? How can he find it? Join solo-performer Daniel Nodder and his trusty musical side-kick Ben Kelly on their exploration of the multifaceted nature of human happiness.

Smilestuff encompasses all the ups and downs and in-betweens of life, giving space and acceptance to the bad days while inspiring us to find joy in even the smallest moments.” – Alessia Belsito-Riera, Regional News, 2022.

“Nodder is clearly a gifted mime and physical actor, and Kelly’s adept but poker-faced musician offers an excellent counterpoint.” – John Smythe, Theatreview, 2022.After a sold out first season at the New Zealand Fringe Festival, Wellington, Smilestuff will be on at The Old Folks Association, Friday 2 & Saturday 3 September, 6pm as part of the Auckland Fringe Festival 2022.

Tickets here



Opening at the OFA this Friday, ‘Community’ is an award winning comedy about love, family and biscuits. Hosted by Tirau’s infamous neighbourhood committee: Jo, fierce leader (and botherer), Steve (confused father), and Johann (reject and tortured soul). Together they must plan for the annual jamboree, but as tensions (and confusions) rise, discussion steers towards parenthood, angst, and “swingset clubs.”

Directed by Sameena Zehra and written by Emma Barrett, ‘Community’ is a delightful and heartfelt queer comedy drama about love, family, and embracing change. An entertaining and timely solo that explores the importance of community in all of our lives. All tickets are koha. 2-4 September, 8pm.

Tickets here

To Be Frank – 

Meet Frank, the freshly animated being. He is dying to meet you.

To be Frank is a terrifyingly funny solo performance about a monster being created and trying to discover why.

There may be spooks… .

There may be goofs… .

There will definitely be blood-curdling screams…

This is an epic tale taking inspiration from Mary Shelley’s original creation where the ‘monstrosity’ finally gets to tell its own story. And it is guaranteed to leave you in stitches.

An eerie comedy that pays homage to campy horror films. This modern reimagining of the classic tale is as confronting and comforting, terrific and horrific as seeing the re-animated creature standing in front of you asking to be loved.

“There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand.”-   Mary Shelley, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus

Creator and performer Michael Hockey graduated from Toi Whakaari in 2019, studied at École Phillipe Gaulier and is a founding member of Bullrush Improv.

Tickets here

ALSO SOME GREAT SHOWS ON at other venues by friends of the Old Folks, here’s a few but don’t be a FOOL, get your number-one fancy suit on and get amongst it.

Hine Downtown – with Rachel Ruckstuhl-Mann

Strange Ancestors – with Gabriel White & Richard von Sturmer

Vivid Dreaming – by Jawline Dance Collective (in case you missed their wonderful show at the OFA earlier this year)