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Giant snuff puppets heading to Aotea Square

Giant snuff puppets heading to Aotea Square

Christmas is just around the corner. That means the same old Christmas carols stuck on repeat in every store you wander into, tatty tinsel and singing, dancing Santa ornaments.

But for those seeking some theatrical relief from the usual Christmas madness, you may just be in luck – as long as you live in Auckland.

Random Acts, a collision of street and theatre art, will be back in the Auckland CBD for a third year between December 6 and 11.

Shoppers will get the chance to walk with giants, watch an aerial theatre show, discover an underground world, help build a big red jigsaw, watch as a blank wall is transformed by tape or even wax lyrical themselves on chalkboards set up in Aotea Square.

The Random Acts programme is designed to create a festive atmosphere in the city, says programme director Sally Barnett.

“We’re working with top local artists on brand new works such as Soundig, an audio exploration of an aqueduct under Auckland city and dance works Pacific Me Barbie and The Business.”

Melbourne-hailing street theatre stars, Snuff Puppets, will also be performing two shows.

“You can expect to see three-metre seagulls and a giant puppet family roving around Aotea Square and nearby shared spaces,” Barnett says.

Beam, a searchlight installation, will also be running in Aotea Square from 9pm each night during Random Acts, and will continue on until Christmas Eve.

Find out more about what’s happening by heading to randomacts.org.nz.