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….  […]

Mercury Theatre and the Auckland Venue Problem

February 6, 2011
Got a spare $3 million? Buy a theatre – it’s a steal!    On Saturday I joined the flash mob photoshoot for Mercury Rising – a grassroots campaign aiming to ensure that the Mercury Theatre, the oldest surviving theatre in Auckland, is reclaimed as a performing arts venue. It drew attention to the potential opportunities for an increased and needed range […]

REVIEW: I won’t be happy until I lose one of my limbs

February 4, 2011
Ice-cream is apparently one of the most searched for terms on the internet. Who knew? There’s certainly something about the stuff that makes people happy. On arrival at the Basement for ‘I won’t be happy until I lose one of my limbs’ we were presented with a free ice-cream cone. This made me happy. What a clever way to make […]

EXTENDED INTERVIEW: Rocky Horror’s Richard O’Brien

January 30, 2011
RICHARD O’BRIEN on wanting to play Eddie, the 1973 Opening Night, growing up a disaffected youth in New Zealand and more….     I have never seen an Auckland audience react in quite the way they responded to Richard O’Brien’s entrance in the recent season of Rocky Horror Show at the Civic. Richard strides on, dazzling in a Gaultier denim coat […]

Looking forward: What’s on my theatrical radar for 2011?

January 26, 2011
Just quietly, I’m really rather excited about 2011 in theatre. Its early days, sure, but there are a heck of a lot of upcoming shows that are definitely on my theatrical radar. My theadar if you will. Here’s what is making it go ping!   Auckland Fringe is starting in a month. This upstart alternative festival launched in 2009 with 75 […]

Looking Back: 2010 – A theatrical year in Review

January 25, 2011
Looking back at all the theatre I saw in 2010, some very palpable images linger in my mind.  Jennifer Ward-Lealand in a bed. Jennifer Ludlam on the floor.  Robyn Malcom in a mound of dirt. A horse’s arse in a doorway. Edward Newborn eating a banana. Richard O’Brien up a ladder with a crown on his head. Some of course […]

Why Theatre? Why Now?

January 24, 2011
The Polish Theatre Director Grotowski reckoned that all you need to create theatre is one spectator, and one performer. That’s theatre. Simple. Theatre is a survivor. Overcoming radical cultural change, political censorship, mangled Shakespeare productions and the rise and rise of film media, something about the art sees it arriving – still fighting – in Auckland, NZ in 2011.   […]
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