Prizes! Tickets to Gagarin Way

Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, November 30th, 2010 - 10 comments
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You may have seen ads on the site recently for a comedy play called Gagarin Way, which opens in Auckland this Wednesday. As part of the Scoop ad cartel, we have four pairs of tickets to give away. Here’s the game: best – ie most funny/apt – 2011 campaign slogan for each of the Nats, Labour, the Greens, and ACT wins a pair of tickets.

Keep it funny of course. We’ll sort out the winners, announce them, and then the winners will have to email us with their real details to get the tickets. Oh, and there’s no point winning if you won’t be in Auckland 🙂

Here’s the blurb on the play:

From the writer of acclaimed Black Watch,presented at 2008 International Festival of the Arts, Gagarin Way is a ‘…a ton of theatrical dynamite cunningly disguised as a mere Molotov cocktail…’ (Guardian)

Gary and Eddie, two factory workers awash with anti-globalism anger, kidnap a visiting Japanese executive. The stage is set for the dramatic release of their manifesto and a statement to the waiting world through political violence.

Only, Frank the exec isn’t Japanese; Eddie forgot the balaclavas; Gary’s manifesto is a little hazy; and Tom, a young security guard with a degree in political science, has come back for his hat.

With the four men confined to a claustrophobic factory store room, the tension crackles. As each of their stories emerge throughout the play, a visceral and fiercely comic explosion of ideas, beliefs and hopes plays out.

Situated in an inner city factory, join us in Auckland’s most unique theatre setting for this darkly comic look at what happens when four men are asked to really define what they stand for.

Directed by the multi-award winning Gareth Reeves (The Cult, Underbelly, Insiders Guide to Love, August: Osage County) and starring Will Wallace (The Cult, We’re Here to Help, Jinx Sister), Edward Newborn (Krapp’s Last Tape, National Theatre), Kevin Keys (August: Osage County) and Emmett Skilton (Home By Christmas).

Gagrin Way premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2001; where it won a Fringe First, the Best of the Fringe First Awards and The Scotsman Readers’ Favourite Award. After its transfer to the National Theatre, following a sell-out run, it was named one of the best plays of 2001 by The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Observer and Mail on Sunday.

10 comments on “Prizes! Tickets to Gagarin Way”

  1. Lew 1

    Not in Auckland, don’t enter me, but for National, I still think the winner of 08wire’s similar slogan comp pre-election (was it from BLiP?) is pretty good: “Ambiguous for New Zealand”.


  2. National: Utterly, horribly inevitable in 2011!
    New Zealand Labour: Now almost 3 days without a public relations disaster.
    Fight euthanasia – vote ACT for Parliament and Rodney in Epsom.
    Don’t vote! Each ballot releases 6.4 kg CO2 into the atmosphere! Green Party of Aotearoa.

  3. ianmac 3

    “Transparency is vital which is why I blocked Pansy Wong,” said Key.

  4. The Voice of Reason 4

    National: Choose a brighter future. In Queensland.

    New Zealand Labour: Jobs, Education, the Evironment. And we’ll get rid of Phil mid term, maybe even sooner. Promise.

    ACT: Exposing Parliamentary Perks one Junket at a Time.

    Green Party of Aotearoa: We’re so dinkum, even our policies are recycled.

  5. Lew 5

    Somebody do something with “transparency” and the Emperor’s new clothes, I’m not cut out for it.


  6. The Baron 6

    Labour: “This one’s about slightly cheaper mandarins”

    National: “Catching up with Australia – one step forward, 250 million steps backward – per week”

    or “Isn’t John nice?”

    I’m not even going to try with the Greens, and ACT need to prove they can survive to the next election first.

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      Green Party of Aotearoa: “Watch me hurl my fragile organic body under the wheels of the Chinese industrial machine/bodyguard apparatus!!!”

  7. sukieDamson 7

    National: Quite frankly, possibly.
    Labour: He’s gotta slip up? He has to, hasn’t he?
    Greens: You know it makes sense.
    ACT: Organised hypocrisy with a halo.

  8. Mac1 8

    ACT: New Zealand the way I want it!
    National: New Zealand the way they want it.
    Labour: New Zealand the way you want it.
    Greens: New Zealand the way we want it.

    Too far away for prizes, thank God for Cook Strait…….

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