• Auckland Fringe Festival

    REVIEW: Movement of the Human (Auckland Fringe)

    [Perspective changes MOTH into a Butterfly] Movement of the Human [MOTH] presents the body in glorious movement in an enthralling and deeply atmospheric work directed by Malia Johnston in collaboration with Eden Mulholland’s composition and [...]
  • Auckland Fringe Festival

    REVIEW: Tide Waits for No Man (Auckland Fringe)

    [Treading the Imprints of Cultural Traditions] As the light slowly fades up to the sound of ocean waves breaking, a line of Chinese calligraphy is revealed stretching across the scrim that forms the backdrop to [...]
  • Auckland Fringe Festival

    REVIEW: Lovepuke (Auckland Fringe)

    [Falling in and out of love (& puke)] Written by New Zealand playwright and screenwriter Duncan Sarkies (Scarfies, Two Little Boys) Lovepuke unashamedly focuses on love, sex and relationships. Premiering at BATS Theatre in 1994, this cleverly [...]
  • Auckland Fringe Festival

    REVIEW: I am Rachel Chu (Auckland Fringe)

    [Will the real Rachel Chu please stand up?] Co-created and performed by Nathan Joe, Amanda Grace Leo, Ravi Lloyd Gurunathan and Angela Zhang, I am Rachel Chu is a parody, critical response, and humorous ‘rewrite’ [...]
  • Auckland Fringe Festival

    REVIEW: The Salem Bitch Trials (Auckland Fringe)

    [Eat Your Heart Out Daniel Day-Lewis] An improvised riff on The Crucible that makes about as much sense as the historical event it is inspired by, The Salem Bitch Trials is based on the same formula as Mackenzie’s Daughters, with [...]
In the Spotlight

REVIEW: Kooza (Cirque du Soliel)

by Sharu Delilkan in Highlights

[Oh to be a Child again…] We had forgotten how exceptional Cirque du Soliel is at creating a spectacle. The huge circus tent in Alexandra Park is reminiscent of a Big Top that transports us to our childhood in a flash – the rake of the seating, the ringmaster and clowns, beautiful people everywhere, the grease paint and sweat of sheer performance.   Like all Circque du Soliel shows Kooza is a slick operation from start to finish.  The production values are remarkable and have only become better since our first Cirque experience with Saltimbanco in HK (2000). And for [...]

REVIEW: Movement of the Human (Auckland Fringe)

February 22, 2019
[Perspective changes MOTH into a Butterfly] Movement of the Human [MOTH] presents the body in glorious movement in an enthralling and deeply atmospheric work directed by Malia Johnston in collaboration with Eden Mulholland’s composition and sound design, and Rowan Pierce’s set and AV design. MOTH’s season at Auckland Fringe Town showcases dance/movement, song, live music, and projection, and is brought […]

REVIEW: Tide Waits for No Man (Auckland Fringe)

February 22, 2019
[Treading the Imprints of Cultural Traditions] As the light slowly fades up to the sound of ocean waves breaking, a line of Chinese calligraphy is revealed stretching across the scrim that forms the backdrop to the stage. The bleeding line of ink might represent a jagged mountain range, but perhaps also a fracture or rip in the identity of the […]

REVIEW: Lovepuke (Auckland Fringe)

February 21, 2019
[Falling in and out of love (& puke)] Written by New Zealand playwright and screenwriter Duncan Sarkies (Scarfies, Two Little Boys) Lovepuke unashamedly focuses on love, sex and relationships. Premiering at BATS Theatre in 1994, this cleverly written piece of observational theatre continues to resonate as part of the 2019 Auckland Fringe. We have seen a multitude of performances where love is […]

REVIEW: I am Rachel Chu (Auckland Fringe)

February 21, 2019
[Will the real Rachel Chu please stand up?] Co-created and performed by Nathan Joe, Amanda Grace Leo, Ravi Lloyd Gurunathan and Angela Zhang, I am Rachel Chu is a parody, critical response, and humorous ‘rewrite’ of the story of Rachel Chu — the heroine from the Hollywood blockbuster and bestselling novel Crazy Rich Asians. Described as an attempt ‘to liberate […]

REVIEW: The Salem Bitch Trials (Auckland Fringe)

February 20, 2019
[Eat Your Heart Out Daniel Day-Lewis] An improvised riff on The Crucible that makes about as much sense as the historical event it is inspired by, The Salem Bitch Trials is based on the same formula as Mackenzie’s Daughters, with most of the same cast (featuring a rotating cast of 18, the opening night performance featured Alice Canton, Lana Walters, Brynley Stent, Karin McCrackin, Johanna […]

REVIEW: Kooza (Cirque du Soliel)

February 16, 2019
[Oh to be a Child again…] We had forgotten how exceptional Cirque du Soliel is at creating a spectacle. The huge circus tent in Alexandra Park is reminiscent of a Big Top that transports us to our childhood in a flash – the rake of the seating, the ringmaster and clowns, beautiful people everywhere, the grease paint and sweat of […]

REVIEW: Over My Dead Body: Uninvited (Auckland Pride)

February 16, 2019
[Honour the Story] Uninvited is the first of the Over My Dead Body series by Tuatara Collective. This show is written/directed by Jason Te Mete, who in 2018 won Playmarket’s Adam NZ award by a Māori playwright for his play, Little Black Bitch (which will be performed later in the year as the second in the series). Uninvited is set at […]

REVIEW: Legacy Six (Auckland Pride)

February 10, 2019
[Fine-tuning a much-loved project] I had the privilege of watching Legacy Project’s fifth rendition in 2018, and have some familiarity with artistic director Bruce Brown’s skill at the delicate craft of short play curation. The program declares its support for passionate and creative individuals to ‘demonstrate the power we wield when we come together to share something that is meaningful […]

REVIEW: Karaoke Boiz (Auckland Pride)

February 10, 2019
[Fountains of Wayne] A jukebox musical of 70s-90s pop (including ‘9 to 5’, ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’, and a Spice Girls medley), Karaoke Boiz is pure fun. A camp-fuelled tale of love, fame and loss, it tells the story of Wayne (Daryl Wrightson), the self-styled ‘King’ of Karaoke. After his flagging marriage finally flags out, Wayne goes on the […]

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