When a hero comes along


    CANTERBURY-BASED performer Lizzie Tollemache is no stranger to the Southland Buskers Festival, but this year she’ll be introducing us to a new character.

    The festival will be held in Invercargill from February 2-5 and will feature a variety of international performers and a clown and mime workshop.

    Tollemache took part in the festival in 2015 with two acts, Coin Operated Girl and as one half of the deceptive duo Mr & Mrs Alexander with husband David Ladderman.

    Mr & Mrs Alexander was also performed in Invercargill last year with Arts on Tour NZ as part of The House Series. She said she was looking forward to returning south with a new alter ego – Super Duper Girl.

    “The show is me trying to find the perfect sidekick. I try out different people throughout the show.”

    The performance also features an escape, balloon swallowing and a little bit of fire.

    Tollemache said she debuted the show in Edinburgh about 18 months ago and had since performed it in Dubai and throughout New Zealand.

    And it has had a positive response.

    “It’s really cool, regardless of where I’ve been in the world you always get little girls coming up to you and wanting to get pictures,” she said.

    “I really like having a character that’s all about strength.”

    Tollemache said Super Duper Girl came about because she wanted to create a new outdoor show.

    When she started playing with ideas, the concept of there being something inside everyone kept coming back to her.

    “It’s the idea that there’s certain strengths and hidden powers and hidden abilities in every single one of us. A super hero is kind of the perfect vehicle for that,” she said.

    “You allow your volunteers to also become super heroes just for a moment. It’s a pretty special experience.”

    For more information check out the festival programme included in the January 19 Southland Express or go to the Southland Buskers Festival Facebook page.

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