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In 2015 Everybody Cool Lives Here swept the NZ Fringe Festival with their show 'Wake Up Tomorrow', created and performed by young people with learning disabilities. Last August we presented a five-hander, 'No Post on Sunday' at Circa Theatre. Our next step in supporting our artists trajectories is for them to develop solos that are lightweight enough to tour.

Duncan Armstrong has his dreams set on taking his show 'Force Field' to the Edinburgh Fringe. He'll first present his development in Auckland at Basement Theatre during the Fringe from the 20th February.

Jacob Dombroski tested his work 'Big J Stylez' in this years Pūtahi Festival. Over summer he'll extend the work before presenting at Wellington's newest venue Te Auaha during the NZ Fringe Festival from the 6th March.

Everybody Cool Lives Here has secured pitch slots for both of these artists at PANNZ - NZ's Performing Arts Markets in March, this will ensure there's a life for these works beyond their development seasons.

Funds will cover presentation costs, as well as helping to secure the amazing creative teams who will support these seasons of Force Field and Big J Stylez.

UPDATES

  • Glasses Half Full

    8 MONTHS AGO

    Thanks so much to everybody who's already contributed, we've hit 50%! Both teams managed to touch base this week and check out a run of Force Field. The Big J Stylez team started rehearsals this week, next week the set designs begin to start coming alive.

    Glasses Half Full
  • PUSHING PAST THE FRINGE

    8 MONTHS AGO

    The Fringes are an amazing platform to test these new performances with audiences but also to get industry members along. Part of our focus is getting these solos tour-ready so they can get on the road...

    PUSHING PAST THE FRINGE
  • DREAMING OF FELLOW RESIDENTS

    8 MONTHS AGO

    Last year Everybody Cool Lives Here was lucky enough to be offered a residency at Wellington City Council’s Toi Pōneke. There Duncan and Issy started the development of the script work alongside past collaborator Stevie Hancox-Monk and stage management intern Tommy Berridge.

    DREAMING OF FELLOW RESIDENTS
  • DEVELOPING NEW WRITERS

    8 MONTHS AGO

    Since last year’s Pūtahi Festival Jacob’s been working with Rose to dive further and extend Big J Stylez beyond it’s fifteen minute development season. While some of that time’s spent physically writing the majority is simply talking through the ideas.

    DEVELOPING NEW WRITERS
  • DUNCAN RECEIVES CREATIVE NEW ZEALAND FUNDING

    8 MONTHS AGO

    After building a substantial career across multiple artforms Duncan last year received a Quick Response Grant from Creative New Zealand to develop his solo 'Force Field'. Duncan is the first artist with a learning disability to receive independent funding and follows on from his success of receiving the Highly Commended Artistic Achievement Award from Arts Access Aotearoa at Parliament last year. To develop his work and get it to Auckland's Basement Theatre we still need a little more backing.

    DUNCAN RECEIVES CREATIVE NEW ZEALAND FUNDING

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