Nothing says Christmas quite like the endless void of space...right? Transporting yuletide festivities to another dimension the annual Basement Theatre Christmas Show is back this jolly season with a heavy dose of out-of-this-world wit and a truly cosmic twist.
Taking an extra-terrestrial route for the show’s eleventh year, 2019’s instalment is a fireball of festive lols set in a zero-gravity, zero-rules environment that promises audiences a meteoric silly season night out.
Written by New Zealand’s answer to sketch comedy, Frickin Dangerous Bro – Pax Assadi, Jamaine Ross and James Roque – A Frickin Dangerous Space-mas is an intergalactic calamity of part social commentary, part cosmic gag train.
Set aboard the International Space Station, the crew are preparing for the announcement of the ship’s new captain when it’s revealed that one member is harbouring a secret that might just mean the end of all mankind.
A rotational guest cast of famous faces (Jacinda Ardern is an alumna) is set to surprise and delight audiences each night when they are thrown into the interstellar atmosphere to improv their part.
Touting themselves as New Zealand’s brownest, cockiest and funniest sketch comedy trio (a title they claim as NZ’s only), Frickin Dangerous Bro’s work takes on social issues with a whole lot of straight-up silliness. And in true Frickin Dangerous Bro style, the Christmas Show brings together a constellation cast of some of New Zealand’s best talent – including David Correos, Marianne Infante, Sam Snedden and Carrie Green.
“This is the first time the cast has been a majority people of colour and I reckon that’s a pretty big deal. It’s also going to be the funniest Christmas Show yet...naturally,” says Roque.
Assadi, Ross and Roque joined comedic forces to form Frickin Dangerous Bro in 2014 and have since worked on a number of projects together including their 2018 ‘Fred Award’ nominated show Legacy. A Frickin Dangerous Space-mas for Basement Theatre’s annual fundraiser is the trio’s first foray into full- length theatre script writing.
Basement Theatre Producer in Residence Alice Kirker says the Christmas Show promises a wildly entertaining ride for audiences as well as a much needed gift to the local arts scene that keeps on giving long after final curtain.
“Profits from the show go straight into supporting the development of emerging artists as well as maintaining the venue itself. Young local artists are faced with a lack of resource and imposter syndrome so we put on this show each year to breakdown some of these industry challenges,” says Kirker.
“It’s also an easy cause to support when everybody at Basement is equal parts weird and cool. Every experience is set to be unique and more importantly a laugh and a half,” says Kirker.
Basement Theatre is a proudly not-for-profit organisation renowned for its ability to push the boundaries of artistic expression. Home to a mixtape of professional and budding theatre-makers, comedians, visual artists and musicians alike, Basement is Auckland’s culture-defining powerhouse.
What: A Frickin Dangerous Space-mas
Where: Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland
When: Friday 22nd November - Friday 20th December 2019
Why: ‘Cos it will be funny as hell and as a proudly not-for-profit organisation, all proceeds go directly to
funding future productions at Basement Theatre and cultivating Kiwi talent.
Tickets are available now from www.basementtheatre.co.nz.