For the first time since the ill-fated 2013 Pick of the Fringe, the NZ Fringe is excited to present a season of three of the best shows from the Wellington and Auckland 2018 Fringe festivals. This time with the support of BATS Theatre.

As part of its commitment to artist development opportunities Fringe and BATS have teamed up to present three return seasons of hit shows from New Zealand’s Fringes in 2018.

Festival director Hannah Clarke says of the season “really it’s stupid to try and pick the best of the fest with so many great works on offer at Fringe, but we’re confident we’re bringing back some goodies. Presentations in Fringe can be so fleeting, we wanted to give Wellington a second chance in case they missed out in March, and to develop artist’s opportunities to further their work.”

The mini-fest kicks off with award winning My Best Dead Friend by Anya Tate-Manning and Isobel Mackinnon on 27 September. The one-woman storytelling dark comedy took out the top gong at this year’s fringe awards and is currently selling out houses at the Melbourne Fringe festival.

Joining them from 2 October are renowned Wellington troupe Discharge with their show Discharge: Rotten to the Core, a live female punk band’s comedic tale, and from Auckland Drowning in Milk an intimate half hour show created and performed by Saraid Cameron.

And as a special treat, 2018 NZ Fringe Addict Cards are eligible for cheap tickets to all the shows.

Pick of the Fringe coincides with registrations for NZ Fringe 2019 opening. Anyone making any kind of art can be part of the Fringe. It’s an open-access festival, so register your event and you’re in. Fringe 2019 is 1 to 23 March and registrations to be part of it close 17 October.