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9 September--9 October
Fri 9--Wed 14 September events
Rugby Village FANZONE entertainment
All Rugby World Cup 2011 matches will be live on the
big screen at the licensed Rugby Village FANZONE
(Wharewaka, Wellington waterfront). The official
FANZONE is the heart of the celebrations.
Highlights include: Wellington International Ukulele
Orchestra, Batucada, Kapa Haka, Pacific Warriors,
Afrofusian Dancers, Zirigidum, school groups,
X Ray Catz, The Shenanigans, Toni Huata, City
of Wellington Pipe Band.
Civic Village (Town Hall and Civic Square)
The Civic Village features family-friendly entertainment
including community and multicultural groups, and
screenings of some matches.
Highlights include: caricaturist Gerard Gargouil,
South African Cultural Festival, Wellington
Community Choir, Brass Band & Organist,
Welsh Choir, VUW Chancellor's Lecture.
On the streets
Highlights include: Dukes, Argentina Tango Bus,
Niko Ne Zna, Monster Burlesque, Empress Stiltdance,
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Perfect blood at Monster Burlesque
By ANDREW MACKAY
Fluffy monsters, werewolves, cir-
cus acts, comedy . . . it's all part of
Vaune Mason's day on the set of
Monster Burlesque, which opens
at the Paramount Theatre on
After 13 years as a children's
entertainer dressed as a fairy,
Mason moved into jewellery,
which she studied at Whitireia.
Mason has organised jewellery
exhibitions in Auckland, and
founded Workspace Studios in
Wellington, where she runs jewel-
A burlesque carnival-type show
is a far cry from her day-to-day
job. But Mason described the
show as her baby.
It's really an idea I've had for a
while, the realisation of a child-
hood dream,'' she said.
The show had been a challenge,
and at times could get a little
You can get a little shell-
shocked,'' Mason said. We're all
used to being in various states of
She said the cast and show were
extremely lively, and that there
would certainly be lots to look at
from the audience's perspective.
At one stage during the show
Mason has her head struck
repeatedly against the side of an
inflatable paddling pool.
[There's a] series of little fights
and then I get slammed. There's a
lot of slamming going on.''
Mason has her hand in many
areas of this show: creative pro-
ducer, actor, set designer, costume
maker and more.
I've had a really supportive
team of professionals and
volunteers,'' she said. The
rehearsal period has helped with
finding out the secret ingredient
to doing things. There's 120 litres
of fake blood.''
It's a mixture of glucose, food
colouring, soy sauce, and the
secret ingredient, dish-
washing liquid (so it washes
off): Otherwise you would
be pink for days.''
Some of the minor
costumes have been hired,
but not all.
The outrageous costumes
are all [home] made,'' she
The show is varied. It
includes a host of different
groups, including drumming
group Taikoza, ZambaBem,
a Brazilian street dancing
group, Capoeira Resistencia,
and the Newtown choir.
The performers were a
diverse bunch, Mason said.
Some came from circus
backgrounds and would per-
form aerial routines, and
others dance pieces:
It's so rich. It can be really
Despite the show being a bur-
lesque, it was intended to be
something to make people laugh.
A lot of the costumes are hilari-
ous,'' she said. It's a little bit
dark, and erotic, but without the
Monster Burlesque plays at the
Paramount Theatre until September
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