The tradition of free speech going back to the public riots in London’s Hyde Park in 1855 will feature as part of a two-day mini festival held by the Rotorua Little Theatre Society over the weekend of 8-9 February.

The weekend features four different shows including The Man.  This show is set in Speakers Corner in Hyde Park at a time when public riots have rise to the free-speech tradition as seen in the park today.

The unnamed performer entertains audiences with a mix of stand-up and theatre, recon structing a real-life incident at the park with the comedian playing the role of a modern jester holding court to his fellow citizens with dark and playful wit.

The Man plays on Saturday 8 February along with Laconic, a showcase of poetry by young writers from Rotorua in Hamilton.  Sunday sees Alex Sparrow acting as The Provocateur and Katie Boyle bringing to life “Pat Goldsack’s Swingers Club & Brothel.”

For its part, The Man starred at the Edinburgh festival and is rated as “not to be missed” by critics. 

“Preposterous. Outrageous. Hilarious. In the one place where the fool is king,”. One reviewer said.  Other comments included:

"5 STARS – Nothing short of astounding." (The Mumble, Edinburgh)

"5 STARS – This is not only one of the most unique shows at The Fringe, it is probably one of the most important, and has to be seen by all." (Adam Wilson, EdFest Mag)

"5 STARS – The Man has produced an outstanding hour of introspection that no one was expecting but leave appreciating. A five-star journey." (Paul Hyland, The Edinburgh Reporter)

"Somewhere between The Joker and a 21st Century Facebook Oscar Wilde." (Kate Copstic, Top UK Comedy Reviewer)

Tickets are on sale now $20/$25 from Eventfinda - "cheap at 'alf the price" as a Londoner might say.

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