REVIEW: Inosi Colavanua: Guard Down (NZ International Comedy Festival)

April 28, 2018

[Billy T Nominee in the Making] 22-year-old Inosi Colavanua is a relative newcomer to the Auckland comedy scene, but a nomination for the 2015 NZ Comedy Guild Best Newcomer and runner-up for the 2016 Raw Comedy Quest indicates his immediate potential, and while a debut solo show during the NZ Comedy Festival in the Q Cellar at 10pm for two […]

REVIEW: Jack Charles V The Crown (Auckland Arts Festival)

March 17, 2018

[Stories from Uncle Jack] He smiled at me. It was a sunny afternoon in Aotea Square when I recognised the Einsteinian hair and small frame of Jack Charles. I approached him as he puffed away on his cigarette; “Jack Charles, right?”, “That’s right, brother”, he replied, extending his hand to mine. We chatted briefly, I wished him well for his […]

REVIEW: Billy T Jams (NZ International Comedy Festival)

March 4, 2018

[Welcome to the Jam] The Billy T Jam is the amuse-bouche of the NZ International Comedy Festival. An opportunity for audiences to whet their appetite with an introduction to the year’s Billy T Award nominees. 2010 winner Rhys Mathewson, who ensures the audience has no question as to who the festivals gold sponsor is – spoiler: it’s Best Mayo – […]

REVIEW: Salonica (Auckland Fringe)

February 25, 2018

[A Sign of Things to Come] When the Auckland Museum launched its online cenotaph, it was a chance for many to discover a part of their family history that had otherwise been a difficult task to undertake. The interest in the Centenary made an easy transition to the stage, with the success of plays such as Once on Chunuk Bair, […]

REVIEW: Fuck Rant (Auckland Fringe)

February 22, 2018

[Fuck Yeah] When I think of theatre company The Town Centre, the link from the agora (where the Ancient Greek public assembled for discussion) to the Theatre of Dionysus (where tragedians addressed social and political issues through mimetic representation) is unavoidable. So too are the words of Aristotle’s Poetics, where the rules to poetic writing were first composed. Over two thousand […]

REVIEW: Force Field (Auckland Fringe)

February 22, 2018

[To be reckoned with] Everyone has their own fantasy. Whether it’s living alone in a cabin in the woods, the nuclear family with the white picket fence, or somewhere in between, we each have our own scenario in which if we had that one thing, we would be happy. The truth, however, is that most of us don’t really know […]

REVIEW: Leather Lungs: Son of a Preacher Man (Auckland Pride)

February 9, 2018

[Shameless] Disappointed is not a word I would ever use in synonymity with Jason Chasland. Singing is in his blood, and I challenge any member or ally of the LGBTQIA+ community to not be entertained by his vocal performativity. Following last year’s Auckland Pride show Impostar: Who Does He Think He Is?, which toured to Hollywood, Chasland ups the ante with Leather […]

REVIEW: Santa Claus (The Basement)

December 14, 2017

[Ho Ho No] Aside from the Auckland Theatre Awards (a.k.a. the Hackmans), The Basement Christmas Show is the theatrical highlight of the holiday season. Each year, the Basement Theatre commissions the hottest theatrical talent to create a holiday hit that not only sees a smorgasbord of Auckland theatre practitioners and celebrities take to the stage, but also operates as an […]

REVIEW: Everything is Surrounded by Water and A Public Airing of Personal Grievances (My Accomplice)

October 13, 2017

[Everything is Surrounded by Storytelling] This week Uther Dean performs two of his solo shows at The Basement.  Written by Uther Dean and Hannah Banks, and performed and directed by the former and latter respectively, Everything is Surrounded by Water is a journey of quarter-life crisis soul-searching. Fortunately, Dean has an acute awareness of and philosophical regard to the content of his […]

REVIEW: The Effect (Fractious Tash)

August 7, 2017

[May induce euphoria and drowsiness] Creative Producer Jason Hodzelmans and Artistic Director Benjamin Henson have created a very particular brand with theatre company Fractious Tash. They’ve been called ‘innovative’, ‘imaginative’, and ‘outstanding’ – all theatrical buzzwords, but ones that are nonetheless justified. You recognise a Henson production, not because of anything expected, but because of his innate ability to create […]

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