NEWS: Auckland Theatre Awards 2015

November 20, 2015
Not long until the Auckland Theatre Awards, held at the Civic’s Wintergarden on Monday 7th December. Who will win most original production? Best ensemble? Best pash? You can nominate winners for these categories and more for the 2015 People’s Choice Awards. Get voting. Pro-tip: Before voting scroll through Theatre Scenes to remind yourself about all the productions this year. This year’s […]

REVIEW: Tiny Deaths (Smoke Labour Productions & My Accomplice)

November 19, 2015
Monologist Pleasures and Displeasures [by Matt Baker] In its modern usage from the literal French translation, la petite mort, “the tiny death” articulates the transcendent moment during the loss or weakening of consciousness associated with an orgasm. It is a euphoric state; love and life reflected in a moment of fragility so near to our inevitable last. While not all of […]

REVIEW: Love and Information (The Actors’ Program)

November 19, 2015
As fleeting as your Newsfeed [by James Wenley] This year research came out claiming that our attention spans were now shorter than a goldfish’s. Whereas in 2000 we could hold a thought for 12 seconds, now it is down to 8. Why do I mention this? Oh yes – Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information may well be a vision for theatre’s […]

REVIEW: 2063 (Unitec)

November 16, 2015
Present Future-gazing [by James Wenley] There seems to be a bit of a future-casting trend in recent New Zealand drama. In Shepherd (2015) Gary Henderson painted a disturbing sci-fi vision of a Fiordland farm feeding a hungry world. In Aroha White’s 2080 (2014), New Zealand’s population had exploded by resettling economic refugees in the South Island, and Pacific refugees from climate […]

REVIEW: Twisted (Dionysos)

November 12, 2015
A Whole New Story [by James Wenley] I’ve always liked Jafar. His sleek robes, his slimy voice, his talking pet parrot. This might be part of the reason that it wasn’t the VHS of Aladdin, but its direct-to-video sequel Return of Jafar, that was played to destruction in childhood.  Jafar is a straight up badass, one of Disney’s greatest villains. In […]

REVIEW: Northern Glow (Working Class Productions)

November 11, 2015
Kitchen Sink Birthday Party [by Matt Baker] If you’ve been to Basement Theatre recently, you may have noticed a few changes around the studio door. A car back seat, a toilet, and some graffiti are just a few of the components to set designer Tim Booth’s* refurbishing for Northern Glow, a mini three-act one-woman show that introduces us to the members […]

REVIEW: Hudson & Halls Live (Silo)

November 9, 2015
A Simple Dish [by Matt Baker] Before the plethora of cooking shows both at home and overseas, there was Peter Hudson and David Halls. Commissioned by Silo Theatre, Hudson & Halls Live! is the fictional account of New Zealand’s best cooking duo, two men whose love of cooking, entertaining, laughing, living, and most importantly, each other, introduced an entire nation to […]

REVIEW: SIVA (Black Grace)

November 7, 2015
All that glitters is not gold [by Sharu Delilkan] Having followed Black Grace almost as long as we have been here (over 13 years now), I have a vivid recollection of their 10th anniversary show held at the Viaduct a decade ago. At the time it was a new experience seeing Pacific and contemporary dance infused to such a high […]

REVIEW: Hiraeth (British Council NZ)

November 5, 2015
Farm girl goes free range [by Sharu Delilkan and Tim Booth] It was somewhat intriguing to see what Hiraeth would reveal at The Basement Theatre. The programme reinforced a number of sheepey, wooly-jumpery, folky stereotypes from the get-go, and to be honest paralleled many similar stereotypes believed worldwide about us Kiwis too. The story of a free-range farm girl Buddug […]

REVIEW: The Last Man on Earth (Is Trapped in a Supermarket)

November 4, 2015
Like a movie made out of Yoga Mats and Paper Plates [by Jess Holly Bates] It’s no secret that I have a raging crush on devised theatre. It is fast, and furious, and often absurd. Providing live experiences made under pressure, the material generated in a devising room operates in a dangerous state of flux, always under threat of performative disorder. […]
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