"Jen McArthur presents a beautiful multifaceted
character." Rip It Up, Adelaide
"Her embodiment of the character is a joy to experience."
"this is a world-class physical theatre comic."
Kia ora koutou!
My name is Jen McArthur and I am a physical theatre performer
and maker from Wellington, NZ. An amazing international opportunity
has come my way and you can help make it happen!
On the back of great reviews and my performances at the Adelaide
Fringe Festival in March, I have been invited by C Venues in
Edinburgh to perform my solo show Echolaliain their Aquila theatre
at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. As its the other
side of the world and there are no CNZ funds for fringe festivals -
I need your help to get there!
My journey with this show and character (Echo) began two years
ago. I had been working with autistic children on a school holiday
programme and was delighted and intrigued by their directness and
seeming inadherence to what is commonly thought of as politeness. I
began to think that their perspective could give us a lot of
insight into our established norms of social behaviour. With
further research I began to learn the realities - both wonderful
and heart breaking - for this section of our population and the
ways in which more understanding from society could greatly help
them in living an enjoyable life. I felt that putting this
perspective on stage had the potential to benefit everybody and
could make a good show.
My season at the NZ Fringe in 2012 received the Best Solo Show
award and then shared Best in Theatre and Best in the Fringe at the
During a season earlier this year at the Adelaide Fringe
Festival, Echolalia was seen by various international festival
producers and offered a slot in a respected venue at the Edinburgh
Fringe Festival. As the largest Fringe Festival in the world 5
times over, it is extremely competitive to get a good venue. It is
also one of the biggest and best arts markets in the world.
Edinburgh is a launching pad for international touring. This is a
remarkable chance for a work from New Zealand to be seen by an
international audience (and create opportunities for a starving NZ
My training is in contemporary dance, physical theatre and clown
and my passion is in using physical skills and comedy to tell
relevant stories. I have studied in NZ, Australia and England and
learnt from Italians. Through my travels and studies I met some
like minds in the Kallo Collective (www.kallocollective.com), and joined them in
2011. This company has developed a unique style of theatre and
physical comedy drawing from the masters, Chaplin and Keaton, and
adds a contemporary twist.
Public Sponsorship Opportunity!
Unfortunately there are no current Creative New Zealand funding
programs to attend Fringe Festivals and so this opportunity has to
be realised from the ground up.
I have managed to save and borrow $8,000 so far, which covers
airfares, publicity and producing costs, accommodation and a
living allowance for the month, but I am still short of $4500
to cover my venue hire.
YOU can make this happen! Every little bit counts - be it 45
people giving $100 or 450 giving $10.
Donors will receive regular updates from Edinburgh and are
welcome to attend any rehearsals before I head off. I will
also have seasons in Wellington and Christchurch on my return in
I encourage you not to be anonymous! I would love to thank you
personally and keep you informed of any news or shows (emails
guaranteed to be kept to a minimum :)
Many thanks and arohanui!