CubaDupa – our Capital! programme

As we write this, CubaDupa 2018 is just a shade over one month away, so here’s what Capital! Steampunk is doing, and where to be (and when) so you can join in.

The festival runs from midday till late on Saturday 24 March and midday to 5pm on Sunday 25 March. Capital! Steampunk is involved in three different events.

Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon tells the story of the Baltimore Gun Club’s successful mission to build a gun powerful enough to send men into space. NZ Opera’s The Eagle Has Landed is a short musical piece in which Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin arrive on the Moon to find Verne’s characters still there. Did we say ‘send men into space’? Surprises await …

They’d like our help. Each performance will start with a promenade of steampunks from Ghuznee Street to the venue in the Hannah Courtyard in Leeds Street. Effectively, we are the Baltimore Gun Club, marching to see our heroes off, so bring your favourite ray gun!

You can take part in as many or as few promenades and performances as you wish. The promenades are at 1.15, 2.15 and 3.15pm both days. The performances last for about 20 minutes and steampunks can perform as extras in the crowd scenes. Meet outside 55 Ghuznee Street, a few doors along towards Glover Park from the intersection with Cuba Street, 10 minutes before we leave for each performance.

For those interested in taking part in the performance, there’s a dress rehearsal at 10.30am, Saturday 24th March, in the Hannah Courtyard. This will be filmed for archival purposes. Don’t worry if you can’t make the rehearsal; many of us will be doing more than one promenade so there should always be somebody who can tell you what to expect.

Teapot Racing

It wouldn’t be CubaDupa without teapot racing – register your teapot here. This year we’re out on Dixon Street again, near the Dixon Street Deli.

Racing will be from 3.30 to 5.30pm on Saturday 24 March and we’ll be setting up the course and welcoming racing teapots from 3pm. When you arrive with your teapot you’ll be given a number in the running order so you’ll have an idea when you’ll need to be ready to race. As you’ll see from the above, there’s a slight clash with the last performance of The Eagle Has Landed; you’ll be able to join Saturday’s final promenade but if you want to watch or take part in the show it’s probably best if you pick one of the other five performances over the weekend.

A new feature of this year’s teapot racing will be the availability of a couple of ‘have a go’ racing teapots for the public to try. They’re basic, but they work. We’ll have to strictly limit the numbers who can try them out (the batteries will only last so long), but if you haven’t yet taken the plunge into making your own racing teapot, this might give you a feel for what it’s all about.

Tea Duelling

Once again we’ll be on the small stage in the middle of Cuba Mall, ready to help settle any dispute that comes along. The Colonel and Mrs. Hudson (the younger) will be officiating, starting at 3.30pm on Sunday 25 March and continuing until we run out of duellists, biscuits or hot water. Or until 4pm; whichever comes first.

Come along to cheer the duellists (or be one yourself) and provide more splendid spectacle for the CubaDupa crowds.

In a nutshell …

The Eagle Has Landed promenades and performances – Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th, 1.15, 2.15 and 3.15pm. Meet outside 55 Ghuznee Street 10 minutes before each promenade starts.

Teapot Racing – Saturday 24th 3.30 – 5.30pm. Deliver your racing teapot to the pits outside Dixon Street Deli from 3pm.

Tea duelling – Sunday 25th, 3.30 – 4pm on the Cuba Mall small stage.

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