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MR FUNGUS Intermediate/Secondary School Show

Combining physical comedy and juggling with the subtle art of mime, Fergus Aitken presents thought provoking performances that enhance students' communication skills and stimulate social awareness, all while they are having a good laugh. Visual and verbal comedy shows engage the audience and powerfully demonstrate abstractions of important social values such as personal responsibility and self esteem while developing commonly- held notions of language and expression. Fergus has toured extensively throughout NZ schools, entertaining many thousands of students since the early 1990s with his award-winning Mr Fungus show. Shows can be 30-50 minutes duration.

Artist Information

Fergus Aitken / MR FUNGUS

Website: http://www.mrfungus.co.nz

Phone: 021 386 487

Email: info@mrfungus.co.nz

Qualifications

Fergus began training and performing with Robert Bennett's MIME INTERNATIONAL in 1984 and attended the Desmond Jones School of Mime in London, 1988. Other training in physical theatre has included courses in improvisation with Simon McBurney [dir. Theatre Complicite], John Wright [dir. Trestle Theatre] in London and also in NZ, static trapeze with Deborah Pope, neutral mask with John Bolton and commedia del árte with Giovanni Fusetti.

Fergus has worked extensively at festivals and public events in addition to corporate functions & conferences.

Fergus has also toured extensively in NZ schools at all levels with his award-winning MR FUNGUS comedy show and also at secondary level as a leading teacher of mime and physical theatre.

Workshops can also be tailored for drama teachers.

Programme Information

Arts Practice Medium: Drama, Dance

Topics or Genres of Expertise: Mime, slapstick, comedy, juggling

Languages Spoken: English

Target Age Group: Senior Primary, Junior Secondary, Senior Secondary

Preferred Group Size: Large (20+)

Regions: National

Space and Resources Required: school hall with stage if available

Indicative Costs:

$500 + GST

Mode of Delivery: Performance

Cultural Context: New Zealand

Qualifications:

Another Dance Company moved from the U.K to New Zealand in August 2010.

A.D.C's work includes;
- professional contemporary choreography & performance
- dance education for young people and adults within formal education and the community
- project management.

Our dance education work includes performance projects, cross-curricular work, dance P.E, extended schools clubs and S.E.N projects.

Performance projects range from choreographing dance with young people to planning, creating and managing performance events.

Another Dance Company create cross-curricular projects to engage young people in curriculum subjects through dance. A.D.C's main focus in this area so far has been to bring literature to life through movement. A.D.C. secured funding from the Clore Duffield Foundation (U.K.) to work with 6 different schools on a dance and text project. Each group created a dance based upon a story, which they went on to perform. The entire project was conceived, planned, choreographed and managed by A.D.C.

Another Dance Company deliver dance P.E. sessions with a focus upon developing and refining movement skills. Sessions can include music and drama components for a more holistic performing arts experience.

A.D.C facilitate longer term in-depth projects with a real focus on the development of young people. Dance is the medium to achieve change in other areas of young people's lives. Agreed specific aims, decided with the school and pupils, steer the content of the delivery. Through Creative Partnerships (a flagship government initiative in the U.K) Another Dance Company have delivered focused projects to raise confidence and aspirations, and to improve reading and writing skills.

Another Dance Company create and deliver sessions and performance projects for young people with special educational needs. Past projects have included regular sessions leading to performances, intensive arts week dance activities, and youth group projects. A.D.C work in both primary and secondary S.E.N. schools as well as with community groups.

Another Dance Company deliver a range of adult projects.
Past work includes;
-teaching the dance & movement component of the Circus in Performance Course at Greentop Circus,
-leading adult community sessions,
-establishing and organising Sheffield Dance Collective; monthly workshops with guest teachers for the professional dance community.

A.D.C create and facilitate inset training days for teachers. Mentoring programmes support performing arts specialists working in education. Another Dance Company devise and manage projects from conception to evaluation.

Laura Aldridge, artistic director of Another Dance Company, has a BPA in Contemporary Dance from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (U.K) and 4 years experience in dance education.

Programme Information

References:

"MR FUNGUS has exceptional ability as a performer. His material was pitched at exactly the right level and he quickly established and maintained with ease, a marvellous rapport with his audience. It was heart-warming to hear 300 young people shrieking with genuine, unselfconscious laughter. MR FUNGUS' clowning, mime and juggling skills are of the highest quality and he combines them in a pacey performance that had his audience completely entranced..." D.J. Pyatt, Deputy Principal, Mana College "Fergus Aitken is an artist of considerable skill, versatility and sophistication. His depth of training is clearly apparent. He engages his audience, interacts with them and demands their participation. He succeeds admirably. Students enjoy a good laugh and appreciate a diverse range of entertainment skills..." John Riley, Principal, Hawera High School "I have no hesitation in recommending MR FUNGUS as a professional performer who has the ability to relate well to students and staff and whose material is appropriate and well pitched to secondary school audiences..." C.J. Huse, Principal, Stratford High School

Programme Materials Provided for Schools: No

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