REVIEW: A Frigate Bird Sings (Southside Arts Festival)

October 13, 2012
Fa’afafine = fabulous and fine [by Sharu Delilkan] I have to admit that when A Frigate Bird Sings premiered at the 1996 New Zealand International Arts Festival I didn’t get the chance to see it, for the simple reason that it was before I migrated to Aotearoa. So I was keen to see what all the fuss was about with […]

REVIEW: Big Mouths [AKA, Come to our show or we’ll punch you]

October 10, 2012
Big Ups [by Matt Baker] Developing third year solo pieces is becoming an increasingly viable option for recent drama school graduates. Such is the case with Toi Whakaari grads Phoebe Hurst and Emma Fenton’s double bill show Big Mouths, but where others have stretched their content into an hour-long full-length production or a feature film script, Hurst and Fenton have kept […]

REVIEW: The Sex Show (Outfit Theatre Company)

October 8, 2012
Pink, Wet, Complicated [by Rosabel Tan] When I tell a guy at work I’m going to The Sex Show, he laughs. “You’re not,” he says. He pauses. “You are.” “I am.” He looks disappointed and mildly confused. “Do you want to come?” “Not really,” he screws up his nose. “Maybe.” It’s an interesting reaction and there are plenty more to come, […]

PREVIEW: Death of a Salesman (Peach Theatre Company)

October 7, 2012
Miller’s Memorable Masterpiece [by Sharu Delilkan] The minute Richard Knowles heard that Peach Theatre Company was staging Death of a Salesman he lost no time contacting producer/director Jesse Peach. “I studied Death of a Salesman at school and I even used one of the monologues for my audition at Toi Whakaari. So I wanted to be involved in any way […]

REVIEW: Terror Island

October 6, 2012
Terribly amusing [by Matt Baker] Devised from an eclectic range of hit pop songs from across the decades, I was pleasantly surprised with how well a narrative the collaborative team of Fingerprints & Teeth Productions and Dynamotion were able to create for the dance/theatre show Terror Island. Starring Lara Fischel-Chisholm as Lara, Jennie Robertson as Jennie, and Tom Sainsbury as Tom […]

PREVIEW: Mary Poppins (Disney and Cameron Mackintosh)

October 4, 2012
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious [by Sharu Delilkan] When I met Matt Lee for the first time I couldn’t believe that he was over 30. The star of stage and TV (Australia’s So You Think You Can Dance, Matt has appeared in The Voice on TV2) had the complexion and physique of a young man in his early 20s. When I gasped in dismay […]

REVIEW: The Like Minds Big reTHINK

October 4, 2012
I’m thinking… [by Matt Baker] Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and what better way to generate awareness than with a show about mental health? The Big reTHINK, conceptualised in 2009 and currently run by producer and creative director Taimi Allan, combines theatre, dance, comedy, film, and music, in an effort to enable awareness for the general public.  The […]

REVIEW: Bucket Boy (I’m not Content Productions)

October 4, 2012
There’s more than one hole in it [by Matt Baker] After a 30-minute delay due to technical difficulties, we were finally ushered into the Basement loft, but not before being told that we were about to see the ‘greatest show of our lives.’ It was a bold and conceited statement, and one to which the show does not live up. […]

REVIEW: Short + Sweet 2012 Week 3 (Stamp at The Edge)

October 4, 2012
Third Time’s a Charm [by James Wenley] It is the third week, of the third year of the Short+Sweet Theatre Festival in Auckland. Since its arrival at The Herald in 2010, the ten minute play festival has been firmly embraced by the Auckland Theatre community – emerging and experienced – and has gone from strength to strength. This is the […]

REVIEW: A Heart’s Path (Tales from the Kava Bowl)

September 27, 2012
Straight from the Heart [by Sharu Delilkan] A Heart’s Path, written by Suli Moa, is the young playwright’s second Tongan play in less than two years. I’m glad to see that talents like Moa are not a flash in the pan. I have to say congratulations bro for consistently making new works – may this be a sign of more […]
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