REVIEW: Macbeth (Pop-up Globe)

February 11, 2018
[Fresh Daggers in Familiar Smiles] Directed by Tom Mallaburn, the Pop-up Globe’s production of Macbeth is mostly a traditional take on the material. I say mostly, because the show’s creators make one interesting addition right at the top which causes ripples throughout the rest of the show. There has always been a theory that the Macbeth’s had lost a child [Lady Macbeth […]

REVIEW: Night of the Queer (Auckland Pride)

February 10, 2018
[Not Scared to be Seen] Night of the Queer is a cabaret-style production celebrating members of the LGBTQI community. Under the creative direction of James Luck and Rebekkah Schoonbeck, the production showcases a variety of talent from aerial acrobatics, the athleticism required for pole dancing, lip syncing, various dance styles and, my personal favourite, live singing. The set is simple […]

REVIEW: Leather Lungs: Son of a Preacher Man (Auckland Pride)

February 9, 2018
[Shameless] Disappointed is not a word I would ever use in synonymity with Jason Chasland. Singing is in his blood, and I challenge any member or ally of the LGBTQIA+ community to not be entertained by his vocal performativity. Following last year’s Auckland Pride show Impostar: Who Does He Think He Is?, which toured to Hollywood, Chasland ups the ante with Leather […]

REVIEW: Gays in Space (Auckland Pride)

February 9, 2018
[Home-grown Homo-Futurism] If you have seen the poster for this – heck, if you read the title – you know what you are in for. Written by Thomas Sainsbury and Jason Smith, Gays in Space is the tale of a group of gay astronauts handpicked by NASA to explore the surface of Uranus. After that the plot gets really complicated, […]

REVIEW: The Auckland Pride Gala 2018

February 3, 2018
[Bursting with Pride] Attending the Auckland Pride Gala is always a treat – especially since you never know what you’re gonna get. And this year, marking the 6th anniversary of the Auckland Pride Festival, was no different. In fact it was particularly brilliant because not only were we given a snapshot of the festival’s highlights, but there were also a […]

REVIEW: Julius Caesar (Pop-up Globe)

January 26, 2018
[Bloodbath and Beyond] For all the controversy surrounding the Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar last year, casting a Trump-like leader in the title role, the Pop-up Globe’s rendition of the play is a far less critical reflection of our contemporary world. Outside of a few banners with familiar taglines and some playful anachronisms, director Rita […]

REVIEW: Wired (Okareka Dance Company)

January 26, 2018
[Wired Inspired!] Contrary to what the imagery of the show’s publicity depicts, Wired contains no visible or physical wires. However, the intertwining of wires via the dancers’ relationships is very much inferred throughout the show, delivered with great aplomb. Choreographers Sarah Foster-Sproull, Taane Mete and Taiaroa Royal have created a number of beautifully interwoven dance pieces that are a sight […]
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