REVIEW: Square Eye Pair (The Basement)

June 27, 2012
Geeks’ Eye for the Straight Guy [by Sharu Delilkan] If you’re not fans of The Big Bang Theory or Paul, the sci-fi geek film from Simon Pegg then you are bound to love Square Eye Pair precisely because it is the same. Let me explain. It’s not the same. It’s use of geekiness cleverly allows us access to three characters […]

PREVIEW: Black Confetti (Auckland Theatre Company)

June 26, 2012
Siggy Tardust! [by Sharu Delilkan] When Kip Chapman saw Black Confetti at Auckland Theatre Company’s The Next Stage programme last year, he knew instantly he had to be involved. “I approached Philippa [Campbell] as soon as the reading was over because I thought it was an amazing script that reminded me of Odysseus going into the underworld. I was even […]

INTERVIEW: Hamish Parkinson talks Square Eye Pair

June 15, 2012
Bromance and Television [by James Wenley] During last year’s Auckland Fringe I stuffed myself with as much theatre as I could. But I was kicking myself when Square Eye Pair won the Fringe’s Best Comedy award… and I had not seen it! Luckily for me, and for you, Square Eye Pair is returning for at Auckland’s The Basement at the […]

PREVIEW: Some Explicit Polaroids (Rebels & Robots Productions)

June 13, 2012
Encountering Explicit Emotions [by Sharu Delilkan] Having seen Andrew Ford in action on stage for the past three or four years, producer Roberto Nascimento knew that he would be ideal to play Tim as soon as he read the script for Some Explicit Polaroids. “Andrew is a very talented guy and I admire what he does. So when the opportunity […]

REVIEW: A Shortcut to Happiness (ATC)

June 12, 2012
No Shortcuts here [by James Wenley] I attended A Shortcut to Happiness on Saturday night, the same night as the All Black/ Ireland test. Stuart Devenie, always a class act, made a pithy reference to the night’s other big event, as his character enters an empty dance studio, save for fretting instructor Natasha (Laura Hill) – Saturday nights are no […]

REVIEW: Tribes (Silo)

June 11, 2012
Now how to express my experience? [by James Wenley] Tribes comes to Auckland’s stage with a babble of hype and expectation. Only playwright Nina Raine’s second play (after Rabbit which Silo performed in 2008 ), it’s something of an international critical darling after its debut at London’s Royal Court in 2010. Just last week it won New York Drama Desk’s […]

REVIEW: Rigoletto (NBR NZ Opera)

June 9, 2012
Decadence, drama and death [by Sharu Delilkan] As I walked into the newly renovated ASB Theatre at the Aotea Centre it was impossible not to notice that the carpets had been replaced by the bright parquet flooring and new seats. The light and airy feel gave the theatre the added bit of cheer, which was much needed on an otherwise […]

PREVIEW: Tribes (Silo)

June 5, 2012
Rejoining the tribe [by Sharu Delilkan] Although it has been almost four years since her Silo debut, Fern Sutherland still remembers the experience as if it were yesterday. “It was my first gig out of [UNITEC] drama school and I was extremely nervous when I met Shane [Bosher]. I felt very insecure and was desperate to make a good impression,” […]

REVIEW: Copenhagen (TAPAC)

June 3, 2012
Physics, History, and the Atomic Bomb [by Rosabel Tan] Sometimes a play will continue to work on you long after you’ve left the theatre. I don’t mean that the memory lingers, though this happens too, but that the experience continues to grow and transform, the seed of what was planted onstage blossoming over time. A digression: Adaptation is one of […]