PREVIEW: Where We Once Belonged in Brisbane

February 13, 2012
PIPA crosses the ditch [by Sharu Delilkan] Although Joanna Mika-Toloa may be on her way to perform Where We Once Belonged in Brisbane for the first time, she will have her home team batting for her. The recent graduate of the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts (PIPA) is beside herself about their impending Aussie performance. The Where We Once Belonged […]

REVIEW: The Motor Camp (Auckland Theatre Company)

February 12, 2012
Bringing back the cultural cringe [by James Wenley] Like many kiwis, I joined the yearly summer exodus from the cities, and went camping over New Years. The miserable rain-drenched ‘summer’ of 2012 had little to write home about of course, but it did provide me with one memorable experience: the family holiday train-wreck. Not my own, thank goodness. Evidently, the […]

REVIEW: Bathing with Elephants and other Exotic Reveries

January 27, 2012
An astounding Journey into the unknown [by James Wenley] The Civic Main stage is dark, waiting for its first performance of the year. But the building is alive. The show is Bathing with Elephants and other exotic reveries, with much for the inteprid audience member to encounter. Bathing with Elephants is a collaboration between Vitamin S, Co-Lab and STAMP at […]

REVIEW: Confessions of a Struggling Thespian

January 18, 2012
Embracing the Musical Theatre cliché [by James Wenley] The story and tribulations of the performer – whether it is singer, dancer or actor are an over-familiar cliché: Auditions, rejections, the pluck from obscurity, fame, selling out, rise and fall. Struggle. A Chorus Line, the beloved 1975 Broadway Musical is a definitive going over of these themes. Based on taped sessions […]

Looking Forward: What’s on my theatrical radar for 2012?

January 16, 2012
What will the 2012 Auckland Theatre Scene bring? [by James Wenley] The Auckland Theatre Scene goes deadly quiet in January. In my last post, as I looked back on 2011, I was grateful the curtain had dropped on a particularly busy year for theatre. Now, however, I’m firmly suffering theatre withdrawal. Luckily, the hopeful promise of 2012 productions keeps me […]

Looking Back: 2011 – A Theatrical year in Review

December 29, 2011
Q opens in triumph, Fringe overshadows Festival, Outfit Rise, Rugby, Rugby, Rugby, and the Death of the Theatre. [by James Wenley] Attending the recent Hackman Theatre awards, Auckland Theatre circa 2011 would appear to be in rude health. Rude being the word, hosts Nic Sampson and Joseph Moore proudly observing it was a record year of nudity on stage, from […]

REVIEW: The Secret Life of a Bellydancer

December 16, 2011
Shimmy into the Silly Season [by Sharu Delilkan] The very title The Secret of a Bellydancer conjures up multiple images. And depending on how vivid your imagination is, it can be as raunchy as you like. For that reason I decided to go with an open mind. And also having done bellydancing classes before, when I lived in Hong Kong […]

REVIEW: Silent Night

December 14, 2011
Spend the Night with Irene [by James Wenley] Irene McMunn’s Christmas cheer has been charming audiences in small venues across the country. So much so, that director Stephen Papps has lost track of how many seasons the one woman show has had. This return season at TAPAC is the first time he’s seen the show since March. Impressively, it’s the […]

REVIEW: The Waste Land (ATC Participate)

December 13, 2011
April is the cruelest month… [by James Wenley] Last week I was fortunate enough to experience a profound theatrical event. It’s been a few days now – most productions wash off soon after viewing – but in this one I keep returning to its moment in my head. I find experiences like these are all too rare, but it’s what […]

Theatre XMAS Madness!! A Criminal Christmas & A Krazy Kristmas

December 9, 2011
These shows won’t last, buy your ticket today! [by James Wenley] Turns out Xmas is a lot like the Rugby World Cup, whether you’re into it or not, you simply can’t avoid it – its everywhere. Xmas trees and tinsels have sprouted up everywhere. All I want for Christmas is you is on repeat. A GIANT Xmas Tree bauble has […]
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