REVIEW: Top Girls (Silo)

February 27, 2012
You Can Be a Successful Woman, Too! (Terms and Conditions Apply) [by Rosabel Tan] When people talk about women having careers, there’s a trade-off implied: You can’t have a career and a family – one will suffer if you try, and if you pursue the former, you’re defeminised: there’s something wrong with you or, at the very least, your womb. […]

Welcome to the blog… Rosabel Tan!

February 27, 2012
I am incredibly excited to announce that Rosabel Tan has joined the team at Theatre Scenes as a reviewer. I’ve long admired Rosabel’s writing and reviews, previously having reviewed for The Lumiere Reader and Craccum magazine, where she was Theatre Editor from 2007-2008. Treating degrees like Pokémon, Rosabel has a BA/BCom majoring in English, psychology and marketing, a Master’s in psychology and, most […]

New Performance Wrap-up: Show Pony, Providence and Wake Less

February 26, 2012
You want us to do what? [by James Wenley] Show Pony asks you to get naked. Providence asks for a pash. And Wake Less asks you to dinner… among other things.   Three shows where the normal ‘rules’ don’t apply. Three shows where the audience is an important part of the performance. Three shows that made up for one intense, […]

REVIEW: Dance like a Butterfly Dream Boy (New Performance Festival)

February 23, 2012
Testosterone Overload [by James Wenley] The roof of the Aotea Centre has to be one of the coolest places in Auckland to do a show. Overlooked by the large old  Council building, imbued with the colour of street lights, and soundtracked with street noise, sirens and the odd sound of a seagull, it has the type of atmosphere that you […]

REVIEW: Be | Longing: A Verbatim Play (New Performance Festival)

February 23, 2012
Stories from the Source [by James Wenley] New Zealand, famously, is a land of immigrants. Waves of migration over the country’s history have created a rich fabric of cultures, as well as perhaps an uncertain ‘kiwi’ cultural identity. What is it about New Zealand that makes it unique, and what is this discovery like for new arrivals? How do they […]

REVIEW: Invisible Atom (New Performance Festival)

February 22, 2012
Indivisible Atom – Invisible Man [by Sharu Delilkan] His name is Atom as in the bomb, not Adam as in Eve, something Anthony Black pointed out right from the start. He stood on a black platform, which looked a bit like a pedestal and was a great metaphor for a man at his apex. What does it mean to be […]

REVIEW: Call Cutta in a Box (New Performance Festival)

February 20, 2012
Pick up the Phone [by James Wenley] The best advice I can give those who are going to Call Cutta in a Box is this: Go with your defences down, an inquisitive mind, and an open heart. The consensus does seem to be that the less you know going into Call Cutta the better. So for those don’t want to […]

REVIEW: 2 Dimensional Life of Her (New Performance Festival)

February 19, 2012
New Performance, New Dimensions [by James Wenley] Well the New Performance Festival has sprung up within the little-seen bowels of the Aotea Centre. A pop-up (and very cool) festival club is the gateway to a host of shows that, at the very least, will leave you plenty to talk about after. And it was 2 Dimensional Life of Her that […]

REVIEW: Ghosting Part 2 – Cabaret (New Performance Festival)

February 18, 2012
A Ghost in the Machine [by Sharu Delilkan] True to form Sean Curham‘s work at the New Performance Festival, Ghosting Part 2 – Cabaret, is nothing short of unexpected. The minute we walked down into the bowels of Aotea Centre we are greeted by Curham’s set, which felt more like we’d walked in on someone in rehearsal. And as people […]
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