I'm an Apache Attack Helicopter
|Venue||Purple Rain Retro Cafe|
|403 Princes St, Dunedin|
|Times||Tue 14 Mar||10:00pm - 10:45pm|
|Thu 16 Mar||10:00pm - 10:45pm|
|Sat 18 Mar||7:00pm - 7:45pm|
|Price||Koha and $3 Koha ticket|
This is a comedy work-in-progress for upcoming festivals. Material is transitioning through its gloriously raw preview mode. Helisexual. Think helipad. As in the one helicopters land on. Online groups like 4chan, Reddit forums, meme-makers, and comedians of all stripes love poking fun at non-standard identities with comments like ‘only on Tumblr!’ and infinite satire images, sketches, and videos that suggest we've taken tolerance too far. We laugh nervously, overwhelmed by an onslaught of labels and politically correct identity politics and afraid of the hair-trigger defences of hyper-individualists... millennials in a minority of one. But maybe there's a great deal more to laugh at than the non-conventional. Ren — the genderqueer performance artist of the theatrical comedy ‘Ze’: Queer as Fuck! (see elsewhere in the guide) takes these subjects head on with self-deprecating humour that will put you at ease about zir*, but maybe not about yourself. This rotating set of stories and observations gathered from the queer side of the tracks is different every night and may include: the comedians' guide to understanding men and women, the label dictionary, how to fail at pronouns, surviving a growl-fest at a queer event, passing as “normal,” choosing to live "parent-free," doing things religiously while not religious, pagans and people who believe they are werewolves, how to relax into your cisgendered-heterosexual-white-able-bodied-animate-human privilege, steps to becoming more-progressive-than-thou, and how to appropriate queer experiences alongside other minorities. This show is for anyone who was afraid to laugh at something they didn't understand... with other people... who are also not sure if it's okay to laugh. Ren proves we all take ourselves seriously in some pretty funny ways. Michelle/Ryan (Ren) has been nominated and won awards for comedy and artistic risk in Australia and Canada. Please also see ‘Ze’: Queer as Fuck!, zir* well-honed autobiographical theatrical comedy about sex, gender, and the journey to authentic pride also playing at Dunedin Fringe. *ze/zir are gender neutral pronouns.