Lovepuke at LOT23 for Auckland Fringe Festival

Press Release – LOT23

Lovepuke is a raunchy and intense romp through the triumphs and pitfalls of the dating scene

Is it just a one night stand, or will they make it to the end?

Written by New Zealand playwright Duncan Sarkies (Scarfies, Flight of the Conchords), this one act play has many interesting things to say about love, sex and relationships
LOT23 20th – 23rd February 2019
Tapas and bar open 6.30pm. Show starts 8pm

Somehow, thought it was written in the 90s, writer Duncan Sarkies’ script Lovepuke is still accurate to the trials and tribulations of the dating scene for young adults in New Zealand. Sarkies, known for his movieScarfies and for writing episodes of Flight of the Conchords, seems to tap into deeper truths about relationships, sex, and the search for real love that has kept true through the last two decades. The classic archetypal stories told by the eight characters on stage are kept fresh and new by a fun, fast-paced, non- realistic performance that is sure to have audiences in stitches from the (sometimes too real!) comedy.

Director Meg Andrews starred in Lovepuke nearly a decade ago, playing the character of Louise, thestereotyped ‘slut’. “I have a fascination with love, relationships and how human beings conduct themselves in love and relationships. Lovepuke gives an honest insight into just a handful of different ways relationships begin and develop. It is an absolute honour to direct such a talented, versatile cast, and I am excited to bringtheir character’s juicy journeys to life for audiences to enjoy, cringe at, and relate to. After performing in Lovepuke myself, I have been craving the opportunity to stage it again.”

Pearangi Creative is proud to present Lovepuke with a diverse cast, names familiar and new to the Fringe scene: Steph Curtis, Kristen Devine, Maxwell Nicholson, Rhema Sutherland, Rebekah Talsma, Benjamin Teh, Lauren Wilson, Mark Wilson, and stage manager and techie extraordinaire Marianne Martin.

Meg Andrew’s acting credits include performing for Prince Charles and Camilla in Tim Bray’s production of Hairy Maclary, a featured role on Shortland Street, being the face of Z Energy’s campaign ‘Where’s Meg’, andperforming and touring in the 2018 season of Ugly Shakespeare at schools around the country. This year she is also directing the all-female Ugly Shakespeare troupe. She is a graduate of UCOL performing arts school, and South Seas Film and TV School.

Producer Claire Ahuriri-Dunning brings her experience as a director to back up first time director Meg, coming off a sell-out season of her show The Iliad at the Pumphouse last April. Her scripts Dracula and Hercules werenominated for Playmarket’s ADAM NZ Award and Plays for the Young Award respectively in 2018.Presented as part of Auckland Fringe festival from 19th February – 3rd March 2019.For the full programme visit

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