REVIEW: Nigel (Sapphire Theatre Co)

May 26, 2017
[90s Nostalgia] TV script writer Kate McDermott’s 90’s slapstick play Nigel is brought to life at the Pumphouse Theatre by ex Shortland Street star Blair Strang in his directorial debut. Transported back to the booming 90s we follow Nigel, a young man whose attempts for a romantic evening at home don’t go to the plan. Ben Van Lier portrays dorky […]

REVIEW: Amadeus (Auckland Theatre Company)

May 15, 2017
[Mozart Lives] Peter Shaffer’s award-winning play Amadeus is not new to either stage or screen, having first been performed in 1979 and later adapted into a film in 1984. Don’t expect a period drama in Auckland Theatre Company’s production; Director Oliver Driver gives the play a new life, adding a modern contemporary twist when resurrecting Mozart’s music. It’s essentially a […]

REVIEW: Jimmy McGhie: Apologia (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 12, 2017
[Owns it] Comedy fest favourite Jimmy McGhie returns to Kiwi shores after winning the hearts of New Zealand last year with his British charm. With his impeccable storytelling, and quick witty banter, it is no wonder he is regarded as one of the UK’s most exciting acts to hit the comedy circuit. The cockney geezer transports us back to the […]

REVIEW: Tessa Waters Over Promises (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 9, 2017
[Promising would be an understatement] Australian comic Tessa Waters is certainly not your average comedian. The multi-award winner is back in full force bringing a whole lot of crazy to the Basement Theatre, with her wild show Over Promises. I can PROMISE there are no corny one liners or gags about Brexit or Trump in this act. Instead you’ll encounter […]

REVIEW: The 5 Star Comedy Preview (NZ International Comedy Festival)

April 30, 2017
[Fest Promises to be a Corker] The New Zealand International Comedy Festival is back with a bang! The three-week festival started on Wednesday evening at the Sky City Theatre with the hilarious 5 Star Comedy Preview. Nine international comedians were packed into a two and half hour show, providing us with a sneak peek at what is to come from this […]

REVIEW: Weave – Yarns with New Zealanders (The Basement)

April 12, 2017
[Kiwi As?] How well do really know your neighbours? Your work colleagues? The mum of two who you see at the local shop? The person sitting beside you on the bus?  Do you know their story? After interviewing a wide range of people throughout New Zealand, Kiwi theatre-maker Kate McGill shares with us the stories of twenty strangers in her […]