REVIEW: Show Ponies (Auckland Pride)

February 27, 2023

[“Just Fxcking Delicious”] Presented by Auckland Pride and Same Same But Different, and produced by Izzy, this Pride edition of Freya Daly Sadgrove’s Show Ponies is a riot of talent. This is poetry dialled to 11.  The stacked line-up features performances from Emma Barnes, Venessa Mei Crofskey, Sam Duckor-Jones, Freya Daly Sadgrove, Ruby Solly, Chris Tse, Rebecca Hawkes, Dan Goodwin, […]

REVIEW: Naked & Dangerous (Auckland Pride)

February 24, 2023

“I don’t know what to expect, and that’s exciting” an audience member said as we were queuing up for the opening night of Naked & Dangerous, the latest venture from Luck and Schooney, a veteran artistic duo specialising in Dance Theatre and Cabaret. The show’s description is brief and enticingly general, promising a cabaret show that will explore sexual taboos […]

REVIEW: Festival of Live Art, F.O.L.A (Auckland Pride)

February 23, 2023

[Oasis in a Storm] I, like many others, was excited about F.O.L.A’s initial line-up – promising an enticing array of local and international experimental artists, and a diversity of modes and mediums. It looked to be a festival that would blur and push the boundaries between art forms, genres and styles, that would not end once you stepped outside the […]

REVIEW: The Best is Yet to Come: A Queer Magic Show (Auckland Pride)

February 12, 2023

The Best is Yet to Come: A Queer Magic Show is part autobiographical story, and part magic showcase, deeply invested in uplifting the rainbow community. Jeremy Rolston opens his show with a very clear setting of boundaries. Rolston goes to great lengths to ensure the audience are comfortable – asking for names and pronouns, assuaging doubts about audience participation, outlining […]

REVIEW: Jez & Jace: Lads on Tour (Auckland Pride)

February 12, 2023

Jez & Jace: Lads on Tour is a humorous and heart-warming improvised show, which delightfully depicts two life-long bogan mates trying to figure out what they really want. The eponymous Jez and Jace; devised and played by Ginge and Minge, respectively (Nina Hogg and Megan Conolly, respectively); are the beer-swilling, womanising, stubby-wearing men that typify rural New Zealand. They are […]

REVIEW: Man Lessons (Auckland Pride)

February 10, 2023

The Auckland Pride Festival is in full swing in its second week and if you’re going out to see a thing or two (or read, watch, listen to – there’s a beautiful array of activities in the program this year), you can’t go past this gem taking place at the Basement Theatre. Man Lessons, performed by Adam Rohe (he/him), combines […]

REVIEW: Access (Auckland Pride)

February 7, 2023

[Emotions Laid Bare] I walk into Freyberg Place and see a large sign being put up on the outside of the Ellen Melville Centre. It outlines the instructions for participating in Access – sit opposite the performer, choose an emotion from a menu of six, and stay as long as you like. I watch as the space is prepared: a […]

REVIEW: She’s Crowning: Rebirth (Auckland Pride)

February 4, 2023

[A Royal Romp] Have you ever wondered what goes on with the British royal family behind closed doors? What passion lies latent between Charles and his therapist? What do those D-list royals get up to when no one’s watching? And do they all love horses just a bit too much? Then get ready for the fast-paced, high-octane farce that is […]

REVIEW: The Best Roles I’ll [probably] Never Play (Auckland Pride)

February 13, 2021

[Someone Please Cast Them Immediately] The Best Roles I’ll (Probably) Never Play features songs chosen by the actors. We get a small rundown of why each song is selected, detailing why the performer will never get to play the role. Age, gender, and general type castings are the main reasons, with the pieces selected having some personal importance to the […]

SCENE BY NATHAN: Auckland Pride and Fringe 2020

March 17, 2020

Community Makeovers LOUD AND PROUD 2020 marks my first Pride and Fringe in Tāmaki Makaurau not as a resident but as a mere visitor. Both events also took on new directors and new directions as they entered the new decade. While I still find myself deeply invested in the arts ecology of the city, and undoubtedly see my future here, […]

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