Taking Off The Bird Suit (NZICF 2016)

By Jennifer O'Sullivan

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Taking Off The Bird Suit (NZICF 2016)

Project 2016-03-10 15:15:47 +1300

What is this show?

In the winter of 2014, international woman of improv Christine Brooks created and presented Taking Off The Bird Suit - an all-woman improvised show featuring a range of variously-experienced female improvisors at BATS Theatre. The name of the show comes from Margaret Atwood's 'Siren Song', a poem about a siren who wishes to take off her bird suit and have adventures other than simply being temptations for men:

Shall I tell you the secret
and if I do, will you get me
out of this bird suit?

Since that wonderful season (for which you can read a review here), she's toured the show and workshop internationally to various festivals (NZIF, Improvention, Würzburg), gathering fans and friends along the way.

Now, with her blessing, we're putting together a new cast for an upcoming season at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, this time led by Wellington improv babe Jennifer O'Sullivan. Exploring roles beyond the maiden, the mother, and the crone, these amazing women will present touching and hilarious spontaneous theatre. Hi-jinks and laughs a-plenty are guaranteed with this cast of smart, funny women.

"All in all, Taking off the Bird Suit is thoroughly and consistently entertaining and, most importantly, hilarious" – Word on the Street

Who is this show? 

The 2016 season is directed by Jennifer O'Sullivan, and our cast is made up of both experienced players and able newcomers. We come from a range of improv and theatre backgrounds, and are excited to see the magic that happens when our styles and influences interact. The cast:

Alayne Dick
Clare Kerrison
Dianne Pulham
Harriet Hughes
Gabby Anderson 
Josephine Byrnes
Katie Wilson 
Maria Williams
Susan Williams

Why is this show?

Christine was inspired to develop this show after looking at past Comedy Festival programmes and being a bit dismayed at the dearth of women there. She, and others in the cast, have experienced the benefits of being involved in all-women shows - it has made us stronger and more confident performers and we've had a lot of fun. Christine thought it would be cool to create this opportunity for some other women, and Jennifer had such a good time she wants to keep creating these opportunities! 

Because this project is about doing a rad show rather than economics, we've decided that all profits from the project will be donated directly to Wellington Women's Refuge. They do excellent and vital work on a shoestring budget and we are stoked to be able to support them with Taking Off The Bird Suit. 

When is this show?

6:30pm, Tuesday 10 - Saturday 14 May at BATS Theatre
Our Facebook event
The BATS Theatre page (yes, bookings are open now!)

Where is this show?

The wonderful BATS Theatre at 1 Kent Terrace on the Propeller Stage <3

How is this show?

We have a small budget, but there are inevitable expenses involved in presenting theatre. We are looking to you, our friends, family, social networks, and the wider theatre/improv community for support to assist in meeting the shortfall in our budget, which will in turn let us focus on presenting a strong, top quality show without worrying about the bottom line. Costs include:

  • Rehearsal space
  • Marketing (design, printing, and distribution)
  • Venue fees

We have a range of rewards to fit any budget - honestly, anything you can give will mean the world to us. If you are interested in assisting this production in a contra or non-monetary way, we'd love to hear from you! And remember, if we meet our target, all profits will be donated to Wellington Women's Refuge, so a pledge above and beyond will be going to a very, very good home. 

Anything else?

I will tell the secret to you, 
to you, only to you. 
Come closer. This song 

is a cry for help: Help me! 
Only you, only you can, 
you are unique 

at last. Alas 
it is a boring song 
but it works every time.

Comments

Updates 2

THANK YOU

25/04/2016 at 11:22 AM

We are so grateful for all of your support! We'll now be able to focus more on doing the show the best we can, and know that we'll be able to make a rad donation to Wellington Women's Refuge. 

THANK YOU! We can't wait to share this show with you!

The Birds who will soon remove their Suits 
x

Four days to go!

20/04/2016 at 3:11 PM

Hello friends! Huge thank yous for your pledges so far - you are awesome humans and we appreciate you very very much. 

We are just four days from finishing this project, and we still have a wee way to go. If you have a moment, we'd love it if you could tweet or post on FB about this project to help us spread the word! We'll be doing the same, and in the mean time we're rehearsing like crazy and can't wait to show you this hilarious show!

x

Taking Off The Bird Suit

    Pledgers 37

    Karen dick
    2016-04-24 16:51:42 +1200
    Jake Arthur
    2016-04-24 12:42:21 +1200
    Kate
    2016-04-24 12:00:35 +1200
    Improsaurus
    2016-04-23 22:40:47 +1200

    "From one troupe to another, break a leg and keep up the good work!"

    Anna GuentherPledgeMe Staff
    2016-04-23 19:01:06 +1200

    "Love you, lady!"

    Sarah Tuck
    2016-04-23 14:53:40 +1200
    Catherine Malone
    2016-04-23 00:34:09 +1200

    "Shake it up and have a ball girls"

    Anonymous pledger
    2016-04-22 18:04:06 +1200
    Josephine Byrnes
    2016-04-22 17:48:19 +1200
    Ryan Knighton
    2016-04-22 14:00:07 +1200
    Nicola Byrnes
    2016-04-21 18:31:21 +1200

    "Good on you"

    Irene Whyte
    2016-04-21 16:24:42 +1200

    "Happy to support a great cause "

    Tara Swadi
    2016-04-21 14:27:47 +1200
    Sam Irwin
    2016-04-21 13:13:23 +1200
    L Leigh
    2016-04-21 12:46:22 +1200
    Adam Goodall
    2016-04-21 12:09:32 +1200
    Clare Kerrison
    2016-04-21 11:31:29 +1200
    Jerome
    2016-04-21 11:12:58 +1200
    Caitlin McNaughton
    2016-04-21 10:51:12 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2016-04-20 22:24:23 +1200
    Nell Guy
    2016-04-20 17:41:00 +1200

    "Git it ladies!"

    Harriet Hughes
    2016-04-20 15:04:40 +1200
    Caroline Hughes
    2016-04-18 20:26:59 +1200
    Reid Workman
    2016-04-18 13:32:41 +1200
    Karin
    2016-04-18 13:17:46 +1200

    "yes yes yes!"

    Matt Powell
    2016-04-15 10:34:09 +1200
    Sophia Sentiment
    2016-04-13 08:59:44 +1200

    "Take that birdsuit off and fucking burn it. You have my undying support."

    Johnny Crawford
    2016-04-10 09:11:58 +1200

    "What an incredible cast! I can't wait."

    Alex Rabina
    2016-04-09 16:28:51 +1200
    Kirstin Price
    2016-04-06 22:13:57 +1200

    "Fly you beautiful birds xx"

    Followers

    Followers of Taking Off The Bird Suit (NZICF 2016)

    Taking Off The Bird Suit (NZICF 2016)

    Project 2016-03-10 15:15:47 +1300

    What is this show?

    In the winter of 2014, international woman of improv Christine Brooks created and presented Taking Off The Bird Suit - an all-woman improvised show featuring a range of variously-experienced female improvisors at BATS Theatre. The name of the show comes from Margaret Atwood's 'Siren Song', a poem about a siren who wishes to take off her bird suit and have adventures other than simply being temptations for men:

    Shall I tell you the secret
    and if I do, will you get me
    out of this bird suit?

    Since that wonderful season (for which you can read a review here), she's toured the show and workshop internationally to various festivals (NZIF, Improvention, Würzburg), gathering fans and friends along the way.

    Now, with her blessing, we're putting together a new cast for an upcoming season at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, this time led by Wellington improv babe Jennifer O'Sullivan. Exploring roles beyond the maiden, the mother, and the crone, these amazing women will present touching and hilarious spontaneous theatre. Hi-jinks and laughs a-plenty are guaranteed with this cast of smart, funny women.

    "All in all, Taking off the Bird Suit is thoroughly and consistently entertaining and, most importantly, hilarious" – Word on the Street

    Who is this show? 

    The 2016 season is directed by Jennifer O'Sullivan, and our cast is made up of both experienced players and able newcomers. We come from a range of improv and theatre backgrounds, and are excited to see the magic that happens when our styles and influences interact. The cast:

    Alayne Dick
    Clare Kerrison
    Dianne Pulham
    Harriet Hughes
    Gabby Anderson 
    Josephine Byrnes
    Katie Wilson 
    Maria Williams
    Susan Williams

    Why is this show?

    Christine was inspired to develop this show after looking at past Comedy Festival programmes and being a bit dismayed at the dearth of women there. She, and others in the cast, have experienced the benefits of being involved in all-women shows - it has made us stronger and more confident performers and we've had a lot of fun. Christine thought it would be cool to create this opportunity for some other women, and Jennifer had such a good time she wants to keep creating these opportunities! 

    Because this project is about doing a rad show rather than economics, we've decided that all profits from the project will be donated directly to Wellington Women's Refuge. They do excellent and vital work on a shoestring budget and we are stoked to be able to support them with Taking Off The Bird Suit. 

    When is this show?

    6:30pm, Tuesday 10 - Saturday 14 May at BATS Theatre
    Our Facebook event
    The BATS Theatre page (yes, bookings are open now!)

    Where is this show?

    The wonderful BATS Theatre at 1 Kent Terrace on the Propeller Stage <3

    How is this show?

    We have a small budget, but there are inevitable expenses involved in presenting theatre. We are looking to you, our friends, family, social networks, and the wider theatre/improv community for support to assist in meeting the shortfall in our budget, which will in turn let us focus on presenting a strong, top quality show without worrying about the bottom line. Costs include:

    • Rehearsal space
    • Marketing (design, printing, and distribution)
    • Venue fees

    We have a range of rewards to fit any budget - honestly, anything you can give will mean the world to us. If you are interested in assisting this production in a contra or non-monetary way, we'd love to hear from you! And remember, if we meet our target, all profits will be donated to Wellington Women's Refuge, so a pledge above and beyond will be going to a very, very good home. 

    Anything else?

    I will tell the secret to you, 
    to you, only to you. 
    Come closer. This song 

    is a cry for help: Help me! 
    Only you, only you can, 
    you are unique 

    at last. Alas 
    it is a boring song 
    but it works every time.

    Comments

    THANK YOU

    25/04/2016 at 11:22 AM

    We are so grateful for all of your support! We'll now be able to focus more on doing the show the best we can, and know that we'll be able to make a rad donation to Wellington Women's Refuge. 

    THANK YOU! We can't wait to share this show with you!

    The Birds who will soon remove their Suits 
    x

    Four days to go!

    20/04/2016 at 3:11 PM

    Hello friends! Huge thank yous for your pledges so far - you are awesome humans and we appreciate you very very much. 

    We are just four days from finishing this project, and we still have a wee way to go. If you have a moment, we'd love it if you could tweet or post on FB about this project to help us spread the word! We'll be doing the same, and in the mean time we're rehearsing like crazy and can't wait to show you this hilarious show!

    x

    Taking Off The Bird Suit

      Karen dick
      2016-04-24 16:51:42 +1200
      Jake Arthur
      2016-04-24 12:42:21 +1200
      Kate
      2016-04-24 12:00:35 +1200
      Improsaurus
      2016-04-23 22:40:47 +1200

      "From one troupe to another, break a leg and keep up the good work!"

      Anna GuentherPledgeMe Staff
      2016-04-23 19:01:06 +1200

      "Love you, lady!"

      Sarah Tuck
      2016-04-23 14:53:40 +1200
      Catherine Malone
      2016-04-23 00:34:09 +1200

      "Shake it up and have a ball girls"

      Anonymous pledger
      2016-04-22 18:04:06 +1200
      Josephine Byrnes
      2016-04-22 17:48:19 +1200
      Ryan Knighton
      2016-04-22 14:00:07 +1200
      Nicola Byrnes
      2016-04-21 18:31:21 +1200

      "Good on you"

      Irene Whyte
      2016-04-21 16:24:42 +1200

      "Happy to support a great cause "

      Tara Swadi
      2016-04-21 14:27:47 +1200
      Sam Irwin
      2016-04-21 13:13:23 +1200
      L Leigh
      2016-04-21 12:46:22 +1200
      Adam Goodall
      2016-04-21 12:09:32 +1200
      Clare Kerrison
      2016-04-21 11:31:29 +1200
      Jerome
      2016-04-21 11:12:58 +1200
      Caitlin McNaughton
      2016-04-21 10:51:12 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2016-04-20 22:24:23 +1200
      Nell Guy
      2016-04-20 17:41:00 +1200

      "Git it ladies!"

      Harriet Hughes
      2016-04-20 15:04:40 +1200
      Caroline Hughes
      2016-04-18 20:26:59 +1200
      Reid Workman
      2016-04-18 13:32:41 +1200
      Karin
      2016-04-18 13:17:46 +1200

      "yes yes yes!"

      Matt Powell
      2016-04-15 10:34:09 +1200
      Sophia Sentiment
      2016-04-13 08:59:44 +1200

      "Take that birdsuit off and fucking burn it. You have my undying support."

      Johnny Crawford
      2016-04-10 09:11:58 +1200

      "What an incredible cast! I can't wait."

      Alex Rabina
      2016-04-09 16:28:51 +1200
      Kirstin Price
      2016-04-06 22:13:57 +1200

      "Fly you beautiful birds xx"

      Followers of Taking Off The Bird Suit (NZICF 2016)

      This campaign was successful and got its funding on 24/04/2016 at 8:00 PM.