REVIEW: Brendan Green: My Mates Dave (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 19, 2018
[Mate!] If you’ve been paying attention to the NZ Comedy, bets are you’ve heard of Brendon Green. His list of credits is pretty impressive – he’s written for TV’s 7 days and The Project, he’s written and performed multiple stand up shows that have toured NZ and internationally, and he has also mentored upcoming young comedians in the Class Comedians […]

REVIEW: Donna Brookbanks: You Do You Babes (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 18, 2018
[Put Your Hands Up] Auckland seems to be teeming with strong female comedians this year. Donna Brookbanks is a prime example: not only funny, but incredibly multifaceted. Nominated for this year’s Billy T award, Brookbanks is back with her ‘sort of’ inspirational comedy show You Do You Babes. Brookbanks isn’t here to mess around; from the moment the doors open […]

REVIEW: Melanie Bracewell: Melodrama (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 18, 2018
[Green Light] Melanie Bracewell is quickly carving out a path in the NZ comedy scene with her impressive list of credits at only 22 years old. You might know her from The Project, 7 Days or from her time on Radio Hauraki, and in 2018 Bracewell is stepping onto the stage for her hour-long comedy festival show: Melodrama. Bracewell is […]

REVIEW: Tessa Waters: Fully Sik (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 3, 2018
[Came to Play] Who is Tessa Waters? Self-confessed bogan? The human equivalent of a giggling glitter explosion? Professional trained mime? Guess what. She’s all of these and more, and one thing’s for sure, she’s not to be missed this Comedy Festival! This isn’t your average stand up show; even though the show uses a relatively simple sketch format, there are […]

REVIEW: Beneath Skin and Bone (Te Pou)

April 21, 2018
[Mana Wahine] Beneath Skin and Bone (BSAB) is set in a world where waiata and music is shunned, and our protagonist Poto (played by Trae Te Wiki) finds herself in a new city, running away from the constant chatter of her whanau. With a little intervention from the spiritual world, Poto is forced to face her fears, her family’s past […]

REVIEW: Your Heart Looks Like a Vagina (The Basement)

April 17, 2018
[No End in Sight] “It began with a pain in the neck, like I’d slept funny, a joke compared with what’s to come…” Your Heart Looks Like a Vagina is an autobiographical theatre show and a lyrical journey through Dominic “Tourettes” Hoey’s experience with developing and living with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS). AS is a form of arthritis that over time […]

REVIEW: The First Time (The Basement)

April 10, 2018
[First Foray] It’s the first time The First Time has played in Auckland, and it’s the first play from Wellington playwright Courtney Rose Brown. This season of the show is described as a “mash-up” of Brown’s script and director Stef Fink’s experimentation with physical theatre, inspired by her previous work in devising and working with Massive Company. Brown’s script follows […]
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