REVIEW: Janey Godley: The Godley Hour (Comedy Festival)

May 15, 2012
Janey Godley – Nobody spared [by Sharu Delilkan] An impressive crowd was assembled in The Classic for Janey Godley’s entrance despite it being a cold and wet Monday evening. However it was only when she got on stage that my husband realised that the woman who had been smoking right next to us was the one and only Godley. That […]

REVIEW: Constantinople (Comedy Festival)

May 14, 2012
An Experience Not to be Missed (And If You Did, It’s Too Late, Shame on You) [by Rosabel Tan] Crowded at the bottom of the stairs to the Wintergarden are a chorus of ladies (and a few men) in togas. As we descend, one of them kisses us on the cheek, another offers us grapes, and yet another points us […]

INTERVIEW: Ben Anderson on The Suicidal Airplane, New Zealand’s first Graphic Play!

May 11, 2012
Scripting Images [by James Wenley] Auckland playwright Ben Anderson’s latest play is not your standard script. Published by The Play Press, The Suicidal Airplane is being claimed as New Zealand’s first published ‘Graphic Play’. It’s part of a slowly emerging trend to make plays in graphic form, presenting ideas and scenes in images as well as words. Ben’s play, reproduced […]

REVIEW: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Auckland Theatre Company)

May 7, 2012
Fancy a Puck? [by James Wenley] At the end of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, hobgoblin Puck famously excuses all that has gone before as a “weak and idle theme, no more yielding but a dream”. If so, it was a fantastic and crazy dream that the audience collectively dreamed in the theatre. While Puck undersells the thematic depths of […]

REVIEW: Jason Byrne – People’s Puppeteer (Comedy Festival)

May 2, 2012
Jason ‘Byrnes’ Bright [by Sharu Delilkan] Waiting for Jason Byrne to begin his first show in New Zealand gave me the chance scan the room. Strangely Q Theatre had stuck a ‘Q’ sticker on the back of each chair to make sure we knew where we were. Thanks guys! When Byrne came on stage he was greeted by great fanfare […]
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