Confessions of an Aerobics Instructor

02 - 08 December 2022 (Te Auaha, 65 Dixon Street, Wellington)

We don't need thigh gaps, we don't need to tone up, we need the truth.

After selling out in Melbourne, Adelaide, Raglan and Whanganui, Joana Simmons, aka Pun queen and Princess of Peel Banana Jolie is FINALLY bringing her colossal one woman show to Te Auaha.

Confessions of an Aerobics Instructor is a high-octane workout of belly laughs. Joana Simmons, who plays her aerobics alter ego, Joy, is airing her work out and work stories as an aerobics instructor and exercising all sorts of demons from body image to active wear; gym, Jim and GIN.

With direction from Greenroom Award winner, Elizabeth Dawson-Smith (Miss Friby, Australia) and songs by Jamie Burgess, the show features original songs, high-powered pop and rock staples and full power aerobics. It is "comedy and theatre at its absolute best."- The Upside (SA)

Joana first started aerobics with her mum in the Whanganui church hall when she was still in primary school and started teaching classes when she was 17. Since then, she has instructed a range of programs at gyms all across Melbourne (where she established her career as a performing artist -Wellington is lucky to have her), including working with mental health patients. This show has been her answer to navigating body image, diet culture, exercise addiction and perceptions of strength. It is “both larger than life and deeply human” (The Upside News)

Banana Jolie has performed in a variety of genres and festivals including: Splore Festival (LET’S TALK ABOUT PEELINGS), NZ Fringe Festival (SPIRITUAL BANANA, PUTTING THE G’DAY IN CABARET), Adelaide Fringe Festival (SA), Splendour in the Grass Festival (NSW), Melbourne International Comedy Festival (VIC), Melbourne Fringe Festival (Putting the G’Day in Cabaret), The Village Festival, and Falls Festival (VIC, NSW, TAS). She was a semi-finalist with “Miss Friby (and the Fribbles)” on Australia’s Got Talent. An all-round comic, Joana has featured on professional line-up stand-up comedy shows as an act and MC in Wellington, Whanganui, Auckland and Melbourne.

This show is tighter than a tush in a pink-sequined leotard. A perfect night of gut-busting laughter entertainment for December’s festive functions. Prepare to feel the deep burn in your thighs and get a solid abdominal workout of laughs when sweaty secrets are laid out to dry in Confessions of an Aerobics Instructor . The weight is over.

"She's that good a comic" -4 stars- The Adelaide Advertiser

“both larger than life, and deeply human” - 5 stars- The Upside News

“delicious comic word play just seems to keep rolling off Joy’s tongue.” - 4.5 stars – The Clothesline