REVIEW: Looking for America (The Basement)

October 28, 2017
[Blink and you missed it…] Looking for America appeared at the Basement for a one only late night performance within the theatre’s upstairs green rooms. It has been on a small tour around living rooms, cafes, offices and communes across Auckland. Written and performed by Indigo Paul and directed by Katie Burson, Looking for America is a slow burning solo […]

REVIEW: Rēka (AUĒ Dance Collective)

October 27, 2017
[Totems and Taboos] Rēka grew from the short work AUĒ that won the Risk Taker Award at Short + Sweet Dance 2017. The original was reviewed as being restricted by the ten-minute time limit, and suggesting a longer work to come. True to the original, Rēka aims to be controversial and elicit a response from its audience; programme notes describe […]

REVIEW: The Winterreise Project (Unstuck Opera)

October 26, 2017
[Equipment for Living] An excuse to perform Schubert or an exploration of our Post-Trump age? Unstuck Opera’s newest work, The Winterreise Project, pits the subjects of Franz Schubert’s grim song cycle against the backdrop of the Trump presidency. In searching for connections between the two, director and performer Frances Moore presents the show to us as a form of personal […]

REVIEW: The Vultures (Tawata Productions)

October 20, 2017
[A Carrion Call For Honour] Sibling relationships always provide great live theatre and playwright-director Mīria George’s insightful play The Vultures dredges up all the reasons why some relatives form factions and others follow their own path. The premise of the show, picking over the bones of a recently deceased estate, is familiar to many and the issues that are revealed […]

REVIEW: Finding Temeraire (The Basement)

October 18, 2017
[A Ghost Story] Written and directed by Stanley Makuwe, Finding Temeraire is an extremely dark and disturbing look at the debris of a relationship, but its most incisive critique is left unsaid. The play is a two-hander about Primrose (Sandra Zvenyika), who returns home after a long prison sentence for killing her child, intent on confronting the man, Temeraire (Tawanda […]

REVIEW: Everything is Surrounded by Water and A Public Airing of Personal Grievances (My Accomplice)

October 13, 2017
[Everything is Surrounded by Storytelling] This week Uther Dean performs two of his solo shows at The Basement.  Written by Uther Dean and Hannah Banks, and performed and directed by the former and latter respectively, Everything is Surrounded by Water is a journey of quarter-life crisis soul-searching. Fortunately, Dean has an acute awareness of and philosophical regard to the content of his […]