WEST END BOY: Theatre Scenes goes to London, Part One

August 13, 2013
Musical Theatre from the West End: Simply Spectacle [by James Wenley] New Zealand theatre has longed looked to the UK with a gleam of idolisation. Just as this nation’s story has been one of a gradual weaning off the Mother Country’s teat, so too has the nation’s theatre slowly relied less on overseas imports and claimed our own stories. That’s […]

This Week in the Theatre Scene: Women Power (12-18 August)

August 11, 2013
Wings and Revenge of the Amazons [by James Wenley] This week promises plenty of strong roles for some talented actresses in two plays: PICK ONE: Wings Who wrote it?: Jess Sayer. She’s a young playwright that I admire, but with only one produced play to her credit (the Auckland Fringe favourite Elevator) she’s not too widely known amongst non-industry people. […]

REVIEW: Sydney Bridge Upside Down (Taki Rua Productions)

August 8, 2013
Stylised, Sinister and Sexy [by Sharu Delilkan] When I heard that David Ballantyne’s classic novel Sydney Bridge Upside Down was going to be staged by Taki Rua Productions I fought tooth and nail to get the chance to review this iconic New Zealand piece. But in retrospect I may have been a little bit too hasty as the show that […]

PREVIEW: Revenge of the Amazons (Female Company)

August 8, 2013
Female Company Directors on naughty Shakespeare and supporting Feminism [by James Wenley] Flatmates Haemia Foote and Marisa Breytenbach proudly show me the hundreds of bras they have stored behind their couch. I’m assured this is not some sort of washing-line pinching conspiracy, but these brassieres  are much needed items for (what else?) a theatre set for a satirical feminist play to […]

This Week in the Theatre Scene: The Return (5-11 August)

August 4, 2013
High School Flashbacks [by James Wenley] This week in the Theatre Scene gives our top picks for the upcoming week in theatre. We tried out this feature at the beginning of the year, but it fell by the wayside… probably because we were seeing too much theatre… Its all in the line of duty of course, folks, and here we bend our […]
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