In late 2012 as the Director of a new children’s television series, ‘Hoopla Doopla’, I was on the lookout for 3 highly skilled circus performers with great acting ability to form part of my cast. The Hoopla café door is stuck, Mimi is inside and everybody else is outside. I’ve worked on the circuit for such a long time and had an intuition that it was possible to do with a child, and thankfully it was. Randwick City Library. Hi Tilly, good question! Tell us about what it was like filming Hoopla Doopla in China! In my experience, being pregnant or being in public with a baby brings out the best in people. Needless to say, her work has been of a very high quality otherwise she would not have been invited to return on 7 occasions. In 2013 Kate scored the role as ‘Mimi’ in ABC KIDS popular TV series ‘Hoopla Doopla’. Episode 16 of Hoopla Doopla! Sometimes on the road you get lonely and this way I always have a little friend! Over the past four years, I have been booking Kate Wright for the Festival of Fools International celebration of street theatre and for appearances in a Summer Season we stage in Belfast. People often asked me how I toured alone with a baby, but I figure they’re the same parenting challenges with different ways of approaching them. I cannot recommend her highly enough” I have been particularly struck by the versatility and range of Kate’s work and impressed by the developments I have seen in her character work and the construction and evolution of the shows she has produced. Episode 33, Squidgie's Plant (Streaming Video) : Squidgie lets Bop borrow her favourite plant for a few days to brighten up his workshop, but in the morning the plant looks sick. Kate is funny, clever, gorgeous, quick-witted, and highly skilled and audiences absolutely love her. 2014. Hoopla Doopla! Breastfeeding can work like a super power to direct a child’s attention, get them to snuggle up or sit still if you need them to. Again, in these roles, Kate’s work has been outstanding with the creation of strong and memorable characters capable of both working to scripts and improvising with fellow cast members” Hoopla is in a mess after a big storm and Jango thinks it{u2019}s too hard to clean up. 1.1K likes. Kate Wright is known for her work on Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story (1989) and Staying Alive (1983). The show features 6 characters and is set in the colourful town of Hoopla. The Resource Hoopla Doopla!, Episode 16, Hula Hoopla, (online streaming) . For the past five years she has hosted the Fringe’s main showcase- stage in Adelaide’s Rundle Mall winning over audiences with a number of hilarious and unique characters she developed especially for the role. Jango loses his new pet caterpillar and follows the trail of eaten leaves, vegetables and fruit. Luckily Jango has a tricky plan Hoopla Doopla! We chat to Katie about how she juggles parenthood and life as a touring street, stage and screen performer. EPISODE 1. 1,153 Followers, 462 Following, 282 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Katie Wright Dynamite (@katiewrightdynamite) In fact, it was an amazing tour; I’ve toured for 15 years and touring solo with Leo felt like the first time again! Katie Wright is a unique talent with a natural gift for comedy and an amazing screen presence. She’s wild, she’s funny, and she twirls a mean hula hoop. One of the really awesome things about working in China was the size of the set that we had for our Hoopla Doopla town, it was a huge studio, much larger than we would have in Australia. She listened to the director, prepared well in advance and learned an enormous amount” Filmed over six months across freezing winter and the heat of summer on a set the size of a football field, located outside the city of Zhou Zhou two hours south of Beijing, Hoopla Doopla posed a number of challenges for the Australian and Chinese production teams … Actor, MC and Circus Artist. I’ve known Kate for many years now, initially from when I used to regularly book her and OzStar Airlines to perform at the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Sunday Market events. Facebook: /katiewrightdynamite Hoopla Doopla! It’s the cheeky, sometimes rude, ridiculous over the top person that exists within me! katewright.com.au. I’ve kept performing a lot since having my little boy, Leo. When I first saw Mimi’s all pink house I fell in love! is a live action preschool drama full of physical comedy. Hoopla Doopla, ABC2, weekdays, 10.10am. Director Festival of Fools, Belfast. We chat to Katie about how she juggles parenthood and life … So he pretends to … Most of my touring with Leo I did before he turned two. A new children’s TV co-production between China’s CCTV and Australia’s ABC may show were the future of co-production lies in the region. Her solo shows '‘Ding Dong, Yvonne’ and ‘Katie Wright Dynamite!’ have toured in Europe, Canada, New Zealand, United States and Australia. CEO and Director Adelaide Fringe Festival, I’m writing to endorse the talents and skills of Katie Wright. (Streaming Video) : In the town of Hoopla live six extraordinary characters each with their own amazing physical skill: Mimi runs the café and looks after everyone in town while juggling muffins and milkshakes; Ziggy, the shop keeper, does magic tricks which go in surprising directions; Zap, the town messenger, delivers packages in the most acrobatic manner possible; Bop, … Hoopla Doopla! She decides she wants to go skiing, but It isn?t going to be easy on a summer?s day with no snow at all. Worldbuskersfestival.com, We have been working with Katie Wright a lot of times at our International street theatre festival & the reason is very easy to understand - she is making wonderful small performances in the street & the audience in Halmstad loves her! Founder/Director Toggle navigation. Mark Barnard Having toured 12 countries and 15 festivals just last year alone, along with countless street performances, MC gigs and comedy shows, you could be forgiven for wondering how Katie manages to keep up with performing life as well as being a busy mama. Jango (Mr.Gørski) Mimi (Kate Wright) and Zap (Simon Wright) back stage at fringe in the mall @adlfringe #hoopladoopla @trash_test_dummies Six colourful characters tumble, juggle, and somersault into and out of trouble. The Resource Hoopla Doopla!, Episode 1, Upsy Daisy, (online streaming) Hoopla Doopla!, Episode 16, Hula Hoopla, (online streaming) 12 mins. Mark Barnard Director Ankle Biters Film and Television Drama Director ‘Hoopla Doopla’. During this time, I have enjoyed seeing Kate’s performances as one half of Circus OzStars and as a solo artist in Yvonne Calling. However, whenever anything goes wrong - and it usually does - they always have each other to fall back on. - Greg Clarke, They don’t actually answer you (well sometimes they do; that’s what we call a heckler), but you are listening to them to get your timing right, to hit your dramatic tension and to improvise, and that’s where the magic happens! He must find him before the others realise his pet has caused all the damage, but Detective Ziggy is close behind Services . Fremantle Street Arts Festival (2012). Save. Katie Wright is a unique talent with a natural gift for comedy and an amazing screen presence. An annual subscription costs £269 per year (less than £1 per day) and provides access to daily news, features and analysis of the global content business. Jimmy Giggle is a lovely and caring human and cast member. hoopla doopla! is a unique and ground breaking show for 3-7 year olds, using physical action and comedy to drive the story. Her grounded glamour queen never let’s you forget that under every plastic smile and sprayed-on face there's a real woman fighting to get out - Frank Wilson, Director - Event International (2012), Great character comedy and first rate circus skills. Katie Wright is a unique talent with a natural gift for comedy and an amazing screen presence. I cannot recommend her highly enough" -. The Resource Hoopla Doopla!, Episode 37, Swap Shop, (online streaming) She stood out as a natural comedic talent with amazing juggling skills, and an irresistible connection to the camera Kate Wright is an actor and circus/physical theatre performer. Squidgie has planted pumpkin seeds so they will grow into Halloween pumpkins, but her pumpkins are not growing and it will soon be Halloween. View the profiles of people named Kate Wright. When touring with Leo, I was still breast feeding and I think that helped. Katie is an Adelaide actor, MC and circus performer, as well as series regular, Mimi, on ABC2’s Hoopla Doopla. Why do you think Hoopla Doopla has been so popular? I write in support of Kate Wright, who I have had the absolute pleasure to work with over the last five years in my role as Director and CEO of the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Shelley Switzer The act was excellent and always received well by our audiences and it subsequently went on to tour throughout Europe” Long days and a diverse line-up never seemed to faze Kate who consistently kept audiences entertained and coming back for more. Of particular value to me, as a festival director, was Katie’s enthusiastic embrace of the public. Is a live action preschool show that is inspired by circus and physical comedy. Zap decides he wants to walk on the moon and Bop builds him a set of wings, but they don't seem to work. Instagram: @katiewrightdynamite Artform Development, Country Arts S.A, She's gorgeous and funny- the real deal!" Stage or street Katie Wright is a charismatic and versatile performer who always delivers' Randwick City Library. The Fringe stage featured a diverse range of Fringe artists' showcasing their work and Katie’s role as MC meant she had to introduce hundreds of artists over the 4 weeks of the Festival. Katie was one of the exceptions. The Resource Hoopla Doopla!, Episode 42, The Robot, (online streaming) . I cannot recommend her highly enough” Mark Barnard Director Ankle Biters Film … Edmonton International Street Performers Festival – Canada. Katie Wright brings a whole lot of fun to every performance she does. All her friends try to help fix the door and rescue Mimi in time for morning tea. Australian drama director Mark Barnard is an expert in the field of telling stories to a pre-school age group. Since 2005, Kate Wright has performed in 21 countries at hundreds of festivals. (Mandarin) Kids & Family2014. It was amazing to come together with both an Australian and Chinese cast and crew and work out how to collaborate and find a common ground in storytelling and presentation. Gallery . Will Chamberlain – Hoopla Doopla! Zap's friends decide if they can't get zap to the moon they can bring the moon to Zap In addition to the work Kate has created through her own company, I have also booked a number of performances where she has worked as part of the DotComedy team. The attention to detail with the use of bright colours, as well as the way each character has distinct personality traits, is also engaging for children. His on screen/stage self is not far from how he really is. Bop doesn't want to return the plant until it's better so he needs his friends to help. © Kate Wright, 2012 | Home | Katie Wright Dynamite | OzStar | DingDong | FTV | MC | Gigs | History | Corporate | Contact Website Design by Digital Lamb - Jodi Wright, Director Christchurch World Busking Festival (2012) - Ziggy orders a special magic cloak that will make him invisible, but when the cloak doesn't work his friends pretend that they can't see him The first tomato of the season is so delicious that Squidgie grows more and more and more until her friends are sick of eating them. I often think of it like having a conversation with a big group of people. To view this content you must be registered and a paying subscriber to C21Media.net. They tumble, juggle, leap and somersault in and out of trouble. Director ... Daniel Gorski, Kate Wright, Liu Wanting, Simon Wright, Zhang Haoran, Zie Ning She is always welcome back! She’s wild, she’s funny, and she twirls a mean hula hoop. My solo show is just a silly extension of myself that I explore onstage. Upsy Daisy. Can you share some of your tried and true tips for travelling with a little person? Melinda Wearne , No one wants to tell Squidgie, because they don{u2019}t want to … Find out more at www.katewright.com.au #katiewrightdynamite - ULF A., Art Director (2012) She has talent and skills that the audiences thoroughly enjoy! Join Facebook to connect with Kate Wright and others you may know. www.halmstad.se/gatuteater, Really stupid....in a good way! She was full of ideas and always looking for ways to bring added dimension to her character with intelligence and integrity. Zap's friends decide if they can't get zap to the moon they can bring the moon to Zap Meet Katie Wright Dynamite! And finally, my 6 year old daughter Tilly wanted to ask; What’s it like to be on stage with lots of people watching you? Kate Wright is an actor and physical theatre/circus performer. During the rehearsal phase of the series, I helped Katie develop her character, Mimi. People have helped me carrying my pram on the stairs to subway platforms around the world, helped carry my bags and hula hoops. of the 6 main characters on a new co production between the ABC and CCTV titled ‘Hoopla Doopla’, which will air on ABC 4 and China's CCTV in early 2014. Katie Wright Dynamite. Your one-woman show Katie Wright Dynamite is a unique blend of comedy and circus performance; where do you get the inspiration for your material? Each episode of Hoopla Doopla! Everyone in Hoopla is cleaning out junk when Mimi finds her old ski outfit. It’s just as hard being a parent at home as it is being a parent on the road; you’re simply juggling different things. She worked tirelessly, living and breathing her role and brought it to life on the screen. Zap decides he wants to walk on the moon and Bop builds him a set of wings, but they don't seem to work. As a busy mum, how do you juggle motherhood and touring? His understanding of how they see and read stories was key in the That involved a six-month shoot in a studio outside the city of Zhuozhou, two hours from Beijing. Hoopla Doopla!, Episode 42, The Robot, (online streaming) I have, however, also figured out how to pull it off alone when I need to. Almost 100 people were auditioned for the role of delivery person and acrobat, Zap (Simon Wright). So he pretends to be sick and tricks his friends into doing his work for him. Manager, I think there is a real value to comedy and I’m going to keep working on my craft of being a ridiculous loud female clown – I think the world needs more of them! Kate revealed herself to be someone of immense talent, huge resilience and wicked sense of humour that enabled her to make immediate bonds with the rest of the cast ensemble as well as a non-English speaking crew who all immediately warmed to her. I have engaged Kate to perform her hilarious comedy show at … Her most recent work has been as one. If anything … Kate always delivers; she is professional, versatile, has great circus tricks in her repertoire and is a great improviser, all of which makes her a terrific host/mc. Why wouldn’t you, she has a fabulous down-to-earth, super charismatic personality that is fun and lovable and audiences of all ages love her. Kate Wright, Actress: Jesus Christ Superstar. - Festival of Fools, Vermont, USA. Artistic Producer Most had great skills but were lacking on the acting side. process. Hoopla is in a mess after a big storm and Jango thinks it{u2019}s too hard to clean up. Since 2005, Kate has performed in 21 countries at hundreds of festivals. Katie knows how to put a smile on your face!” Not signed up? Drama Director ‘Hoopla Doopla’. As a solo woman performer, Kate has avoided the clichés and well trodden routes of others and instead dared to take risks in her shows – risks which have led to much more interesting journeys for the audience. Meet Katie Wright Dynamite! Her most recent credit is a series regular (52 eps) on ABC 2's Hoopla Doopla as the character Mimi. All we can say is, it’s clear Katie Wright Dynamite has juggling down to a fine art, in more ways than one! Director Hoopla Doopla. So Ziggy gives him a beginner's model but Zap can't get his hoop to hula. Last year I travelled extensively throughout Europe and the UK. This proved to be a very difficult task with over 400 auditionees trying out for the various roles. He is o en being silly and making fun voices and having a good time with everyone! Everyone in Hoopla is cleaning out junk when Mimi finds her old ski outfit. It was just me and Leo (who was almost two at the time), a bag filled mostly with juggling gear, and a big stack of hula hoops. Toggle navigation. So he makes himself a costume and goes to find someone to rescue in town Katie is an Adelaide actor, MC and circus performer, as well as series regular, Mimi, on ABC2’s Hoopla Doopla. I think a big part of it has been the fun physicality and visual storytelling. The Festival of Fools regularly received unsolicited praise from our patrons commending Katie and her outstanding performances, and she was frequently mentioned as an audience favorite.” All the clutter around Hoopla gives Zap a great idea, he will organise a swap market so everyone can swap stuff they don't need for things they really want. She always ensured the show flowed and the energy was kept up for both the audiences and the non-stop line-up of guests that she also looked after” Ziggy wishes he was just like his favourite super-hero. Director Ankle Biters Film and Television It seems everyone in Hoopla has a hula hoop, everyone except Zap. 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