REVIEW: Alvin Sputnik (Auckland Fringe)

February 26, 2011
Deep Sea Theatre Magic   The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer is a very special show. Using live performance, wonderful cartoon animation, and simple puppetry, the show’s creator and performer Tim Watts keeps the audience enthralled for 45minutes.  I can see why the show has been compared to Pixar: like UP, within the first minutes there is an […]

REVIEW: Feel Felt Found (Auckland Fringe)

February 26, 2011
I found this play to be funny Pity the struggling actor. In order to support themselves when work runs dry, they must take a serious of unholy jobs until the day Peter Jackson rings out of the blue with a film offer. The ‘comic triumvirate’ behind Feel Felt Found – Ryan Richards, Nic Sampson and Barnaby Fedric must have experienced […]

REVIEW: When Animals Dream of Sheep (Auckland Fringe)

February 24, 2011
AKA: Deer Runner While the Auckland Fringe Festival officially begins this Friday 24th February, unofficially it opened with numerous bangs from simulated shotguns last night in Myers Park with the outdoor visual feast When Animals Dream of Sheep. Inspired by the true stories of the illegal release of deer on a Dutch Island, and NZ’s introduction and culling of the […]

The Arts supporting Christchurch

February 23, 2011
Like the rest of the country, I have been following the grim news from Christchurch with much sadness after yesterday’s quake. I want to know: How can I help? Already I see some Arts and Theatre groups are pledging to donate money from their shows. Great stuff folks. I am continually keeping this post up to date with all the fantastic fundraising events the […]

FRINGE PREVIEW: The ‘Motherlock’ Controversy

February 23, 2011
Lock up your Mother! If it was a competition, Motherlock would be odds on favorite to win the not always coveted ‘Most Controversial Play Award’ in this year’s Fringe circuit. Unashamedly based on the real life experiences of Auckland playwright and director Melissa Fergusson, it explores the stigmas and experiences of her four pregnancies to four different men. Scandalous? You […]

FRINGE PREVIEW: The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

February 18, 2011
Tim Watts gives an in-depth interview. Literally. The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer is set in a (not so?) fictional future where the seas have risen and billions of people have died. For the few that remain, they must look to the oceans for the continued survival of the human race. Alvin Sputnik, who is brought to life […]

FRINGE PREVIEW: The Hermitude of Angus, Ecstatic

February 17, 2011
A beautiful and stupid comedy from Australia… The Hermitude of Angus, Ecstatic sounds nothing like your typical comedy show. Billed as a ‘read along comedy’, it’s a fusion of comedy, dance, music, clowning… and philosophy. Created by Slow Clap productions’ Vachel Spirason and Stephanie Brotchie, it won ‘Best Comedy’ at its Melbourne Fringe Festival debut last year, and crosses the […]

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Massive Company’s Havoc in the Garden

February 15, 2011
There will be Havoc. In the Garden.   HAVOC IN THE GARDEN rehearsals look like crazy fun. Each day starts with the most high-stakes, intense game of handball I have ever seen, making my high-school handball games look like a game for, well, kids. There are shouts, and loud howls of triumph when director Sam Scott is finally vanquished out of […]

REVIEW: Well Hung

February 13, 2011
Auckland Theatre Company give the police a good bollocking It is one of New Zealand’s most enduring unsolved crimes. The year is 1970. The place is Pukekawa, small town NZ. The bodies of husband and wife Harvey and Jeanette Crew are found in the Waikato River. The murder weapon is established as a .22 rifle. Local Farmer Arthur Allan Thomas […]

Auckland Venue Update: ATC on the Waterfront!

February 11, 2011
ASB: Creating Theatres… After looking at Auckland Theatre’s venue issues in my last blog post, the NZ Herald has an article today giving more details about Auckland Theatre Company’s dream new theatre project: “Auckland Theatre Company is seeking a $10 million ratepayers’ contribution towards the proposed building beside the new ASB head office, which is under construction in the Wynyard Quarter….  […]
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