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    REVIEW: Herstory (Te Pou Rangatahi Season)

    [Strength in Sharing] Herstory is the opening show of the Rangatahi Festival at Te Pou Theatre. Under the direction of Zandra Ah-Jay Maepu and support of The Creative Souls Project, the show combines eight emerging [...]
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    REVIEW: Twenty Eight Millimetres (Auckland Pride)

    [Measuring Happiness] It’s easy to imagine that if Sam Brooks were a writer in the 1950s Hollywood he’d fit right in making screwball comedies. His latest play Twenty Eight Millimetres offers itself up, at first [...]
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    REVIEW: Fala Muncher (Auckland Pride)

    [Much to Munch On] The term ‘fala muncher’, as described in the show’s promotion, is a derogatory term which refers to the act of a female of Pacific descent partaking in the licking and eating [...]
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    REVIEW: Under the Mountain (Auckland Theatre Company)

    [Mountain-eerie] Written by Maurice Gee in 1979, the story of Under the Mountain takes many of back to our childhood bookworm days, our imaginations set ablaze by children’s adventure stories such as The Famous Five, [...]
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    REVIEW: Macbeth (Pop-up Globe)

    [Fresh Daggers in Familiar Smiles] Directed by Tom Mallaburn, the Pop-up Globe’s production of Macbeth is mostly a traditional take on the material. I say mostly, because the show’s creators make one interesting addition right at the [...]
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REVIEW: Macbeth (Pop-up Globe)

by Tim George in The Pop-up Globe

[Fresh Daggers in Familiar Smiles] Directed by Tom Mallaburn, the Pop-up Globe’s production of Macbeth is mostly a traditional take on the material. I say mostly, because the show’s creators make one interesting addition right at the top which causes ripples throughout the rest of the show. There has always been a theory that the Macbeth’s had lost a child [Lady Macbeth says in the text “I have given suck, and know how tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me”] – this production opens with a sequence showing the child’s murder by (spoilers!) Duncan’s men. It is left a bit vague, but [...]

REVIEW: Herstory (Te Pou Rangatahi Season)

February 16, 2018
[Strength in Sharing] Herstory is the opening show of the Rangatahi Festival at Te Pou Theatre. Under the direction of Zandra Ah-Jay Maepu and support of The Creative Souls Project, the show combines eight emerging actresses as they each share their stories through monologues, poetry, dance and song. Alana Tele and Kirilayla Dhillon both explore their cultural identity through their […]

REVIEW: Twenty Eight Millimetres (Auckland Pride)

February 16, 2018
[Measuring Happiness] It’s easy to imagine that if Sam Brooks were a writer in the 1950s Hollywood he’d fit right in making screwball comedies. His latest play Twenty Eight Millimetres offers itself up, at first glance, as a modern gay romcom, and the perfect vehicle for Brooks to show off his knack for whip-smart one-liners and I-wish-I-talked-like-this-in-real-life dialogue. It first […]

REVIEW: Fala Muncher (Auckland Pride)

February 16, 2018
[Much to Munch On] The term ‘fala muncher’, as described in the show’s promotion, is a derogatory term which refers to the act of a female of Pacific descent partaking in the licking and eating of another woman’s fala. The term also suggests a play on the word ‘fulla’ or ‘fella’, which loosely opens a discussion on homosexuality versus the […]

REVIEW: Under the Mountain (Auckland Theatre Company)

February 11, 2018
[Mountain-eerie] Written by Maurice Gee in 1979, the story of Under the Mountain takes many of back to our childhood bookworm days, our imaginations set ablaze by children’s adventure stories such as The Famous Five, Where the Wild Things Are, The Adventures of Tintin, and Swallows and Amazons. The plot is a truly Kiwi story,  inspired by the land and […]

REVIEW: Macbeth (Pop-up Globe)

February 11, 2018
[Fresh Daggers in Familiar Smiles] Directed by Tom Mallaburn, the Pop-up Globe’s production of Macbeth is mostly a traditional take on the material. I say mostly, because the show’s creators make one interesting addition right at the top which causes ripples throughout the rest of the show. There has always been a theory that the Macbeth’s had lost a child [Lady Macbeth […]

REVIEW: Night of the Queer (Auckland Pride)

February 10, 2018
[Not Scared to be Seen] Night of the Queer is a cabaret-style production celebrating members of the LGBTQI community. Under the creative direction of James Luck and Rebekkah Schoonbeck, the production showcases a variety of talent from aerial acrobatics, the athleticism required for pole dancing, lip syncing, various dance styles and, my personal favourite, live singing. The set is simple […]

REVIEW: Leather Lungs: Son of a Preacher Man (Auckland Pride)

February 9, 2018
[Shameless] Disappointed is not a word I would ever use in synonymity with Jason Chasland. Singing is in his blood, and I challenge any member or ally of the LGBTQIA+ community to not be entertained by his vocal performativity. Following last year’s Auckland Pride show Impostar: Who Does He Think He Is?, which toured to Hollywood, Chasland ups the ante with Leather […]

REVIEW: Gays in Space (Auckland Pride)

February 9, 2018
[Home-grown Homo-Futurism] If you have seen the poster for this – heck, if you read the title – you know what you are in for. Written by Thomas Sainsbury and Jason Smith, Gays in Space is the tale of a group of gay astronauts handpicked by NASA to explore the surface of Uranus. After that the plot gets really complicated, […]

REVIEW: The Auckland Pride Gala 2018

February 3, 2018
[Bursting with Pride] Attending the Auckland Pride Gala is always a treat – especially since you never know what you’re gonna get. And this year, marking the 6th anniversary of the Auckland Pride Festival, was no different. In fact it was particularly brilliant because not only were we given a snapshot of the festival’s highlights, but there were also a […]

REVIEW: Julius Caesar (Pop-up Globe)

January 26, 2018
[Bloodbath and Beyond] For all the controversy surrounding the Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar last year, casting a Trump-like leader in the title role, the Pop-up Globe’s rendition of the play is a far less critical reflection of our contemporary world. Outside of a few banners with familiar taglines and some playful anachronisms, director Rita […]

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