“It has been our pleasure to have Fergus Aitken working intensively with groups of our students on a number of occasions. His ability to communicate principles of mime and movement is highly valued in the NASDA community and the workshop performances which he has facilitated have been powerful and compelling, leaving lasting impressions on participants and observers alike…”
RICHARD MARRETT, PRINCIPAL LECTURER, NASDA at CPIT
“I have known and worked with Fergus Aitken for many years now and he is highly respected. He is a motivated energetic man who has much to offer and is seen entertaining the public regularly. Fergus is supportive and has a great rapport with people of different ages in his shows as “Mr Fungus” which I have seen on many occasions. He is often found entertaining the community at a range of events and there is never a dull moment in his vibrant performances. He is highly skilled and has a wonderful attitude to life in general. Fergus also is giving of his time and talents in a teaching capacity also- be it mime, acting or comedy so this willingness to help others in the industry or students is very genuine. I have used him on several occasions at tertiary level and he is also brilliant with younger children. Fergus has a wonderful way of bringing out the best in people and has the passion to inspire as well as make all sorts of people laugh! To laugh is hugely important for us all to survive life as we know it…”
ANNE GARE, COURSE COORDINATOR COMMERCIAL DANCE, WHITIREIA PERFORMANCE CENTRE
EX-PRINCIPAL DANCER, ROYAL NZ BALLET COMPANY
"Thank You for your workshop - not only a wonderful day, but also a real education and insight into the fascinating skill and world of mime... tbh your holistic and calming teachings allowed all of us in the group to just 'go with it' and have a great time, despite the intensity of the knowledge and experience being demonstrated to us. At first, I was quite intimidated by the general skill of the people present...but this quickly dissolved into a fascination and enjoyment of the movement that we worked on and even had time to play around with. Insightful, educational and freeing - if you are a dancer/mover interested in further education re mime and movement, Fergus is an amazing teacher and has an ability to engage you, encourage and push you on an individual level that is both fun and functional. I learnt heaps... Highly recommend this workshop..."
SECONDARY SCHOOL WORKSHOPS & SHOWS
"I have known Fergus for close to twenty years as a performer, mentor and friend. During this time I have followed his work as a mime, clown and stand-up comedian and have been privileged to work alongside him at many high profile venues that include Sky City Casino, the Americas Cup Village, Wellington’s World of Wearable Art Awards Show and at numerous arts festivals, corporate functions and public events. During this time I have become keenly aware of Fergus’ status as one of a handful of working performers who shape the landscape of this unique part of New Zealand’s cultural landscape, particularly in the arena of festive culture. His influence has helped shape my own professional and personal development and, as I have moved into state education in recent years, he has influenced my students by appearing (both anecdotally and through personal appearances) in my classrooms. I am happy to be contacted directly to discuss this endorsement further…”
LUKE DEVERY, DIRECTOR TROUPE WAIHI, TIC DRAMA WAIHI COLLEGE
"The students who were involved with the workshop came away very enthusiastic, asking when they could have another one. It was a delight to see the enthusiasm that MR FUNGUS' visit engendered in all the people involved..."
PETER ROLLESTON, H.O.D. DRAMA, WAINUIOMATA COLLEGE
"MR FUNGUS has exceptional ability as a performer. His material was pitched at exactly the right level and he quickly established and maintained with ease, a marvellous rapport with his audience. It was heart-warming to hear 300 young people shrieking with genuine, unselfconscious laughter. MR FUNGUS' clowning, mime and juggling skills are of the highest quality and he combines them in a pacey performance that had his audience completely entranced..."
D.J. PYATT, DEPUTY PRINCIPAL, MANA COLLEGE
"Fergus Aitken is an artist of considerable skill, versatility and sophistication. His depth of training is clearly apparent. He engages his audience, interacts with them and demands their participation. He succeeds admirably. Students enjoy a good laugh and appreciate a diverse range of entertainment skills..."
JOHN RILEY, PRINCIPAL, HAWERA HIGH SCHOOL
"I have no hesitation in recommending MR FUNGUS as a professional performer who has the ability to relate well to students and staff and whose material is appropriate and well pitched to secondary school audiences..."
C.J. HUSE, PRINCIPAL, STRATFORD HIGH SCHOOL
PRIMARY/INTERMEDIATE WORKSHOPS & SHOWS
"My Year 8 Drama students really enjoyed working with Fergus learning about the art of mime. He opened their eyes to what mime can involve in the wider performing arts and taught them skills that are relevant to wider performance applications."
ROBERT DIL, ST.MARK'S CHURCH SCHOOL, WELLINGTON NOVEMBER 2015
“Children loved it and were all captivated by Mr Fungus’ mesmerising performance. This is the first time a mime artist has come to our school… and to engage 270 5 - 11 year olds is quite an achievement. Students and adults were spellbound as he juggled and used carefully chosen props to interact with the students. The humour was infectious and students didn’t want the show to end…”
PHILIPPA ROGERS, BELLEVUE SCHOOL, NEWLANDS, WELLINGTON