THE BASEMENT TAPES

Twin Peaks meets Serial in this Fringe First award-winning NZ mystery

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Winner: Fringe First
at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018

 
Impressive one-hander that unearths a family secret that blurs the lines between reality, memory and much more...you’ll be grateful if you’re sat with your back against the wall. ★★★★
— The Skinny
Unnerving from the earliest moments, the piece never goes where you expect and this quality of a constantly shifting narrative combined with a quiet humour is what makes the piece so riveting. ★★★★
— The Reviews Hub
 

Following her grandmother’s death, a girl faces the overwhelming task of clearing out the basement. She discovers a series of mysterious tape recordings made by her grandmother. As she hears these tapes for the first time, things start to unravel...

Twin Peaks meets Serial in this award-winning New Zealand mystery, which combines the immediacy of physical performance with the imaginative capabilities of audio recording. Squeezed close together among the detritus of a cluttered basement, audience and performer face the waves of secrets and memories that emerge.


CREATED BY: Stella reid, jane yonge, THOMAS LAMBERT & OLIVER MORSE
PERFORMER: STELLA REID
Director: Jane Yonge
Sound Designer: Thomas Lambert
Spatial Designer: Oliver Morse
TECHNICAL OPERATOR & PRODUCTION MANAGER: JASON LONGSTAFF  


 
a breath of fresh air...a white-knuckle rollercoaster ride that will stick with you for days afterwards ★★★★★
— Broadway Baby
a startling piece of theatre, compelling and surprising, throbbing with energy ★★★★ 1/2
— Bouquets and Brickbats
Reid’s captivating performance ensures that the heebie-jeebies creep up your spine ★★★★1/2
— Sydney Morning Herald
intimate and spine-tingling ★★★★
— The Stage
 
 
A unique thrilling piece of theatre on the things we keep and secrets that can never be given away. ★★★★★
— Edinburgh Guide
 

WINNER:
Fringe First, Week One (Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018)
Best Performance Award - The Stage (Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018)
Outstanding Performance - Stella Reid (NZ Fringe Festival 2017)
Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award (NZ Fringe Festival 2017)
Best Director (Wellington Theatre Awards, 2017)

NOMINEE:
Best Performance (2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival)
Best Directed Chaos (NZ Fringe Festival 2017)
Best of Fringe (NZ Fringe Festival 2017)
Outstanding Performance (Wellington Theatre Awards, 2017)
Production of the Year (Wellington Theatre Awards, 2017)


 
Stella Reid is terrific as the lead character, balancing between outrageous shenanigans and absolute terror with ease...[this play is] an absolute treat. Both funny and scary...brave leaps and surprising turns. ★★★★
— Across The Arts
 
 
Totally engaging. A must-see production
— stuff.co.nz
thrilling, skin-crawling fun ★★★★
— Three Weeks
leaves its audience reeling ★★★★
— The Wee Review
Eerie, thrilling and totally engrossing
— Theatreview
 
 
This show rewarded my attention on every single level. The recordings were weird and poetic, and the beginning opens this big question of how much of is real versus how much of this is practiced. And Stella Reid’s physical performance is amazing.
— The Pantograph Punch (NZ)
 
★★★★
— A Younger Theatre
★★★★
— Edfringe Review
 
 

Trailer for Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018


SUMMERHALL
(EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE)
1 - 26 August 2018 (2, 13, 20)

BASEMENT THEATRE
27 - 31 March 2018
uckland, New Zealand

MELBOURNE FRINGE
23 - 30 September 2017
Melbourne, Australia

BATS THEATRE
30 May - 3 June 2017
ellington, New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND FRINGE FESTIVAL
10-14 February 2017
Wellington, New Zealand


Trailer from Auckland season of The Basement Tapes 2018