REVIEW: Read My Lips (Basement Theatre)

July 17, 2019
[These Lips are Smiling] Embers Collective have produced a wonderful second original work in Read My Lips, a devised piece which draws from stories from Auckland’s Deaf community.  Read My Lips is the bubble of laughter from best friends performing dance choreography together in the living room, it is the bowed head and slumped shoulders of sadness, it is the […]

REVIEW: Reuben Kaye (Auckland Live Cabaret Season)

June 16, 2019
[The Equalizer] If you are going to Reuben Kaye’s self-titled show just to fill the main slot in your cosmopolitan night out, looking for comfortable entertainment, you may be in for a shock. While the elements may be familiar – Kaye as a magnificent Master of Ceremonies, a supporting band consisting of grand piano, drums, and a moment of double […]

REVIEW: An Illiad (Auckland Live)

May 30, 2019
[I have Wept with Hecuba and Raged with Achilles] Standing on the ramparts of Troy we look out to sea, across the furrowed stretch of land between city and sand littered with bodies – the bodies of men and boys, mostly boys that we once knew – to the angry cluster of Greek ships; above us, the gods bicker. In […]

REVIEW: Watch Party (ATC Here & Now Festival)

April 27, 2019
[It is Watch Party my dudes] I hold the ATC ‘youth’ shows in high regard, attending in the past primarily to take a sneak-peek at the hot new talent rising within the ranks of the Auckland theatre scene. I also have a soft spot for devised theatre and the inclusive platform this type of theatre making can offer to a […]

REVIEW: Camille O’Sullivan ‘Cave’ (Auckland Arts Festival)

March 15, 2019
[The Canonisation of Camille O’Sullivan] I am compelled to begin with a confession. I love Nick Cave. I have attended Bad Seeds’ concerts in New Zealand and overseas, I own most of his books and films, and I often find myself playing through the riffs Cave and Warren Ellis have created because they are just so damn good. As you […]

REVIEW: The Magic Flute (Auckland Arts Festival)

March 10, 2019
[Making Mozart Proud] Bold and engaging, The Magic Flute is for opera lovers and newcomers alike – just mind the sting in the tale. This staging of Mozart and Schikaneder’s Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) is directed by Barrie Kosky and Suzanne Andrade, with animation by Paul Barritt, and musical direction by Jordan de Souza and Hendrik Vestmann. Having received […]

REVIEW: Desperate Late Night Energy (Auckland Fringe)

March 2, 2019
[Dancecrush] Desperate Late Night Energy, a collaboration between Electronica/dance-pop artist Boycrush (producer and songwriter Alistair Deverick) and Dance Plant Collective, is what you would get if you started a really good club in an Olympic standard swimming complex. It is overwhelmingly aesthetic, with ultramodern contemporary dance and superb live music brought together through an absolute clarity of vision. The costuming […]

REVIEW: Tiresias (Auckland Fringe)

February 28, 2019
[See the Fates in Action] Simon Rodda and local fiddler Shimna Higgins star in an hour of masterfully woven oral storytelling and live music. Directed by Rebecca Rogers, Tiresias’ 2019 Auckland Fringe season represents the international debut of British Theatre company Heady Conduct. Deep in Q Theatre’s Vault the audience clusters around tables in cabaret seating. There is a murmur of […]

REVIEW: Rosemary (Auckland Fringe)

February 28, 2019
[Mary Maintains her Iconic Status] Created by Rosie Tapsell and Jazmine Rose Phillips, the multi-disciplinary dance work Rosemary presents a multifaceted attempt to demystify the Mother Mary icon. Before the audience has even climbed the stairs to the Basement’s Studio space we are engaged in an exploration of Mary. Besides the box office is a TV screen playing a loop […]

REVIEW: Movement of the Human (Auckland Fringe)

February 22, 2019
[Perspective changes MOTH into a Butterfly] Movement of the Human [MOTH] presents the body in glorious movement in an enthralling and deeply atmospheric work directed by Malia Johnston in collaboration with Eden Mulholland’s composition and sound design, and Rowan Pierce’s set and AV design. MOTH’s season at Auckland Fringe Town showcases dance/movement, song, live music, and projection, and is brought […]