Did I Believe It? – Not an actual TV production

Press Release – Silo Theatre

Silo Theatre has recently become aware that a viral promotional tool we developed for our forthcoming theatre show DID I BELIEVE IT? has caused some concern in online chat including Twitter and Facebook feeds.SILO THEATRE STATEMENT
07.04.11
for immediate release

Silo Theatre has recently become aware that a viral promotional tool we developed for our forthcoming theatre show DID I BELIEVE IT? has caused some concern in online chat including Twitter and Facebook feeds.

Some believe that our theatre show is a television production. It’s not.

The base-line concept for this pop-up play (designed to be staged live in a bar environment) came from the Vodka University platform developed by our sponsor 42BELOW, including The Vodka Professor.

In the creation of this new work, leading New Zealand creatives Oliver Driver (director) and Jodie Molloy (writer) drew inspiration and looked at a wide pool of provocations, popular culture touchstones and reference points. These included but are not limited to Monty Python: How To Do It, 321 Contact, South Park, The Electric Company, Glide Time, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Look Around You, Anchorman, Noises Off, Family Guy, Aerobics Oz Style, Beyond 2000 and New Zealand’s own Top Half and It’s Academic. We’ve also bounced off the canon of Oliver’s own devised theatre works, Play 2, Back Story and Based on Auckland.

Oliver comments, “Did I Believe It? is a parody of the genre of educational television programmes developed and presented in the late 1970s and 1980s. We are using the concept of a live transmission to satirise ALL of these programmes and any similarities to any of these programmes should be considered as an homage.”

Within the fictional narrative of DID I BELIEVE IT? five actors work within a very subversive genre, lampooning a multitude of historical references. The actors play multiple characters, some of whom are completely fictitious and some well-known historical figures. These are as wide reaching as Josef Stalin, a sultan’s concubine, male knitwear models, Harvey Wallbanger, a stereotypical sports jock and New Zealand’s own real life television presenters Angela d’Audney and Dougal Stevenson.

Oliver says, “We are, by no means, attempting to create a show that anybody would mistake for an actual television show. It is a broad, ridiculous romp. We love Look Around You, absolutely. Out of deference to the creators of this television show and the BBC, whom by the way we have the utmost respect for, we have decided to take the viral clips causing this fracas, offline.”

DID I BELIEVE IT? opens at 1885 Britomart on April 9 for a season before touring to Wellington BOOKINGS can be made through Ticketmaster or Real Groovy 09 970 9700 or Ticketmaster.co.nz Creators Oliver Driver and Jodie Molloy are available for further comment.
ENDS

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