Ava Diakhaby (Flaps, ATC's Boys) and Frith Horan (Mating in
Captivity, Album Party) present Cool Behaviour; a ludicrously funny
and wonderfully bizarre sketch comedy show that examines what it
actually means to be 'cool'. Why do we adopt certain 'cool'
behaviours? Why must we spend our lives trying to be top dog,
trying to out-perfect each other? Isn't it all a bit ridiculous? We
There will be excellent acting, song, dance, and probably some
Beyoncé in there somewhere. Join us on the race towards some sort
of unattainable perfection, will we get there? Will we even get
close? Who knows, but goddammit we're going to try.
Cool Behaviour is two women, examining the human condition, and
trying to get everyone to realise how little it matters to be
'cool' or 'amazing' or 'perfect' in this world. Maybe we can
release a little pressure, bring a little joy and light up people's
lives for a night through silliness.
Why are we making this show?
We are living in a time where people all over the world are
starting to stand up and say "actually, I don't have to live a
certain way, I can live my way. I can do what makes me happy and I
don't have to follow another person's set of rules. I don't have to
put up with crap that makes me unhappy" - this is what our show
What do we need money for?
We are raising funds to present this original work for 3 nights
only in Q Theatre's Vault space at the 2018 Auckland Fringe
Festival. Money raised will go towards marketing (poster/flyer
printing and online advertising), venue hire, costume and
With your dolla dolla bill$, we can make this show as amazing as
it is in our imaginations!
Who are we?
Frith Horan - Actor/Writer
Frith is a 2013 graduate of Toi Whakaari's acting program. After
relocating to Auckland, she began devising her own theatre work
including the wonderfully trashy pop-musical: The Best Possible
Album Party That Anybody Has Ever Been To and Callback: Behind
Frenemy Lines, both performed at The Basement Theatre.
Other theatrical highlights include the last year's Auckland
University Outdoor Summer Shakespeare's production of The Tempest,
directed by Benjamin Henson and staged at the Pop Up Globe; Last
Tapes Theatre Company's Mating in Captivity, by Oliver Page; and
the return season of FLAPS, a devised piece with the all-female
Bits and Pieces Ensemble. This year, Frith was a member of the
Fortune Theatre Company in Dunedin, appearing as Viola in
Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, and Red Riding Hood's Granny in
Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods.
Frith was also one of four writers of the original show,
Bravado!, directed by Nomi Cohen and Benjamin Henson, performed by
an ensemble of emerging young artists as part of Auckland Theatre
Company's Next Big Thing festival at the Basement Theatre last
Ava Diakhaby - Actor/Writer
Ava Diakhaby is a 2015 graduate of Unitec's Bachelor of
Performing and Screen Arts, majoring in Acting. Ava has delved into
the devising process with shows FLAPS (2016) and returned season of
FLAPS Retouched (2017) with Bits and Pieces ensemble, and The
PlayGround Collective's Wellington Season of The Rime of The Modern
Mariner, directed by Robin Kerr (2016).
Other theatre credits include; BOYS, ATC Here and Now, directed
by Julia Croft and Eleanor Bishop (2017) The Tempest, Auckland
University's Outdoor Summer Shakespeare directed by Benjamin Henson
staged at the Pop up Globe.
Alice Kirker - Producer
Alice Kirker is a 2015 graduate of Unitec's Bachelor and
Performing and Screen Arts, majoring in Production Design and
Management. She co-owns the Bits and Pieces Ensemble theatre
company, which has had two sell out seasons of FLAPS (2016), and
return season FLAPS Retouched (2017). She is also a co-producer of
the monthly storytelling event The Watercooler.
She assists on many other creative projects in Auckland, and
will be working on everything from dance shows to original scripts
in 2018, starting with Cool Behavior.
Want to see the show? You can book now!
Dates: 22-24 February, 8:45pm
Venue: Q Theatre Vault, 305 Queen St,
Tickets: $18-$22 (service fees may apply)
Bookings: qtheatre.co.nz or phone 09 309 9771