A Day in the Life: We May Have to Choose

Straight from The Auckland Fringe Festival, we welcome Prue Clark and Emma Hall to Wellington for our beloved NZ Fringe Festival.

We May Have to Choose has been nominated for eight theatre awards in Australia and Edinburgh and promises to deliver 621 opinions in 45 minutes!

Staying true to the form of their piece, Prue gives an insight in to some opinions from her first day in Wellington.




In my opinion, mornings are usually difficult.
The alarm clock always goes off before you’re ready.
Dreams should not be interrupted.
It is hard to eat a balanced diet while on tour.
Baby nieces are tiring and adorable.

Goodbyes are difficult.
Auckland is better than my Dunedin upbringing would have me believe.

Auckland Fringe is testament to what one woman can achieve (Lydia Zanetti, I’m looking at you)



In my opinion, Air New Zealand is better than Jet Star
Air New Zealand makes me feel uncharacteristically patriotic
One of the best things about Air New Zealand is the Antipodes hand soap
Artists can not usually afford to fly Air New Zealand, which is why we are flying to Wellington on Jet Star
New Zealand airport officials are less officious than Australian ones

New Zealand airport officials are not as well dressed as Australian ones
Artists spend too much time in front of spreadsheets
Artists spend too much time writing funding applications

Artists spend too much time thanking their Pozible supporters
Artists spend too much time complaining





Getting picked up from the airport is better than getting a shuttle
Old friends are priceless

It seems everyone these days is keeping bees
Wellington values the Fringe

Fringe Festivals are an integral part of the performing arts ecology
We can’t say for sure that Wellington is the coolest little capital in the world
But we can say that Wellington is cool, little and a capital.

Lonely Planet does its best but tourism is still a double-edged sword


I am quite certain that nowhere beats Wellington on a good day
You are never too old to jump off a barge

You are never too old to be a Fringe artist
You are never too busy to see each other’s shows

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Cuba Street’s bucket fountain will always amuse me

One’s sense of humour changes with age. I used to think it was funny that Elijah Wood peed into the top of the bucket fountain. Now, I think it’s just downright rude.
Most New Zealanders do not wish to be referred to as Middle Earth





Vogelmorn Bowling Club is an excellent example of grass roots community activism
Jo Randerson is a national asset
Public spaces are important for the well-being of communities

Communities do not always have time to consider what is good for their well-being



Two swims a day is not excessive
People in places with less than 100 sunny days a year should be entitled to Vitamin D Leave.



Dining alone late at night is a good way to meet lonely travellers
Eating is not enjoyable when the kitchen staff are all packed up and waiting for you to leave

Eating under pressure gives you indigestion



The value of submitting an Australian application from NZ when you would rather be out HAVING FUN is the two extra hours you get before the deadline



Even with curfews, Backpackers are not conducive to a good night’s sleep.


Prue Clark is a New Zealand director now based in Melbourne. She has returned to Wellington to present We May Have to Choose, a solo performance written and performed by Emma Hall (Aus), that plays at BATS Theatre from 2-11 March. The show is inspired by Tim Etchells (Forced Entertainment) and takes the form of a list - 621 opinions in 45 minutes. It comes to Wellington fresh from a successful season at Auckland Fringe and has garnered several awards across Australia. A must-see!