Iron Chickens home to roost
Christchurch performer David Ladderman and former Cirque du
Soleil clown Nate Cooper have been awarded Iron Chickens at the
final weekend of the World Buskers Festival.
At the final weekend of the festival people queued for four
hours on Saturday morning to buy tickets for evening shows.
Some shows sold out in just 15 minutes, while all of the evening
shows sold out by the end of the day.
The Press Critics Choice award, otherwise known as the Iron
Chicken, is awarded to the best international act and Kiwi act at
the festival every year.
The winners are given an Iron Chicken sculpture by West Coast
artist Hannah Kidd, $2500 in cash and an invitation to the festival
Previous Christchurch winners have been Shay Horay, also known
as Rubberband Boy, Mulletman and Sam Wills, who used his prize
money to help develop his international smash hit show, The Boy
with Tape on his Face.
Ladderman won the Iron Chicken for his show Battle of the
Bastards, which tells the story of Edmund the bastard from the
William Shakespeare play King Lear.
The judges admired the show's entertaining mix of straight
Shakespeare with busker patter and audience participation. The show
took Ladderman 10 years to develop.
"It took 10 years to build this Iron Chicken - to lay this egg.
You don't count your chickens until they have hatched," he
"I feel like now I'm allowed to play golf with Sam, Shay and
Mullet. Before it was like: 'Sorry, Dave, it's just the Iron
Chicken guys going out for a round'."
US performer Nate Cooper was part of the Beatles-themed Love
show at the Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. He performed in festival
street shows as part of double act Knuck n Futz and was also part
of the Buskers Burlesque evening show.
The judges admired his fantastic clowning skills, dancer's grace
and his very funny rollerskating routine in the burlesque show.
Cooper said he loved performing at the festival.
"I'm very grateful. I am grateful just to be part of the
festival. I love the community and the people. I love to come here.
It is a joy. It's beautiful. I love working with the other
performers and the audience," he said.
People started queuing for festival tickets in north Hagley Park
at 7am, four hours before the box office opened at 11am. At one
point the queue stretched back through the park for hundreds of
The World Buskers Festival came to a close last night with Best
Bits, where performers pull off their best tricks for the final
Iron Chickens come home to
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