Press Release – New Zealand Fringe Festival
WHEELS OF JUSTICE
A site-specific murder mystery… on bikes
Showtimes: 2pm Saturdays and Sundays: February 16 & 17, 23 & 24 March 2 & 3, 9, 16, 17
You are invited to join the windyPAE detectives on a bicycle-riding investigation, centred around a seedy under-Welly. An interactive murder mystery, Wheels of Justice brakes with theatrical convention by casting the audience as rookies and having them bike about town to solve this crime… so gear up!
Wheels of Justice is the world premiere production of Windy Performing Arts Ensemble (windyPAE) – a new company in town. windyPAE is led by Tommy Truss, a recent transplant from the United States.
As soon as he arrived in Wellington, Tommy Truss was cast in Immaculate, directed by Melanie Camp (Chapman Tripp Award nominee for Best Newcomer Director 2012), in which he performed alongside Tess Jamieson-Karaha, Rebecca Parker and Aidan Weekes. Truss was keen to collaborate with his colleagues on a production for the Wellington Fringe Festival 2013. Thus, the ‘wheels’ were set in motion.
Truss, himself, says Wheels of Justice was inspired by the great murals, graffiti and wall art that populates Wellington. “When I moved here I was struck by all the public art. I wanted to create something that somehow highlighted that art and the interesting nooks and crannies of Wellington – I figured the best way to do that would be by bike. The idea of a murder mystery came about because I love to solve things, so I just combined these ideas and collaborated with some really talented individuals – and Wheels of Justice was born.”
windyPAE’s flagship theatre production, which is sponsored by Bike barn and received a grant from NZ Creative Communities, is built partly on the willingness of Wellingtonians to embrace innovative approaches to performance in their city. Over the years, many Fringe productions have seen audiences touring the parks, streets and waterfront sites of Wellington. Wheels of Justice combines Wellington’s lust for culture and sense of adventure with the vast number of bold cycling enthusiasts in the city.
Performances will start at the Bike Barn on Wakefield Street, so if the old bike needs a new kick-stand or you fancy a flash new helmet, you will be able to get yourself road-worthy before the show begins. The show winds up at the Southern Cross on Abel Smith Street – riding can be thirsty work! The route is not a difficult one and you will be riding with a group, so don’t worry if you’re a bit rusty. While there will be one performance allocated as a ‘walking tour’ at the end of the season, audiences are encouraged to saddle up, even if it has been a while – you know what they say about riding a bicycle!
Showtimes: 2pm Saturdays and Sundays: February 16 & 17, 23 & 24 and March 2 & 3, 9. For those without bikes, there is a walk date on March 16. There is a cancellation/rain date on March 17. Performances are 2 hours long and begin at the Bike Barn (246 Wakefield Street) and end at the Southern Cross (35 Abel Smith St).
Tickets: General $15, concession/groups (6 or more) $13, Fringe Addict Card $10 Email firstname.lastname@example.org with name, number of tickets required and date of show, or buy them at Made Marion,17 Marion St. Limited number of tickets available per show, no doorsales. For more information check out windyPAE on Facebook.