Looking forward: What’s on my theatrical radar for 2013? (Part 2)

January 28, 2013
ATC, Silo and More! [by James Wenley] Part One looked at what has caught my eye in the Fringe and Auckland Arts Festival (not too long to wait Festival lovers!). Now we cast our gaze on the rest of the 2013 theatre calendar. By all means stuff yourself silly during the Fests, but keep yourself some room, there is a […]

Looking forward: What’s on my theatrical radar for 2013? (Part 1)

January 20, 2013
Festival Year! [by James Wenley] Theatre always goes to ground in January. The stages may be bare, but Auckland’s theatre community are busy strutting and fretting behind-the-scenes. There’s a lot to do: Auckland Fringe 2013 is now less than a month away, and Auckland Arts Festival is right on its tail. I’ve enjoyed the break, but if, like me, you […]

Looking Back: 2012 – A Theatrical year in Review

January 10, 2013
Taking the Risk [by James Wenley] “…It was this lack of “weight” (a not too easily defined term which an actor, if not a member of the audience, would understand) that Mr George Henare needs to work on if he wishes to pursue the acting profession. His is a good, powerful voice, he has strong features… yet a lot of […]

Become a Theatre Philanthropist for Xmas!

November 30, 2012
Worthy causes on PledgeMe [by James Wenley] You know how companies like ATC and Silo list their swanky patrons at the back of their programs? Private giving has long been a very important part of making theatre in New Zealand when audience box office and public funding doesn’t cut it alone. This year crowdfunding sites like New Zealand’s own PledgeMe.co.nz have […]

Help crowdfund The Keepers

September 4, 2012
I’ve just pledged towards ‘The Keepers’, one of my favourite shows at The Basement Theatre last year. Created by a quartet of talented ladies – Julia Croft, Veronica Brady, Claire Cowan and Theresa Hanaray aka Thread Theatre – it was an especially exciting show for me because it was so different to our normal theatre fare – experimenting with movement, music and non-verbal […]

NEWS: Waterfront Theatre here we go!

May 25, 2012
But will there be Mermaids? [by James Wenley] In brilliant theatre news, Auckland has taken a giant step forward in becoming the world class live-able city that we’ve been hearing so much about, with the Auckland Council reaffirming their support for Auckland Theatre Company’s new Waterfront theatre, despite a last dash sinking attempt by a minority of councillors. It’s been […]

Looking Forward: What’s on my theatrical radar for 2012?

January 16, 2012
What will the 2012 Auckland Theatre Scene bring? [by James Wenley] The Auckland Theatre Scene goes deadly quiet in January. In my last post, as I looked back on 2011, I was grateful the curtain had dropped on a particularly busy year for theatre. Now, however, I’m firmly suffering theatre withdrawal. Luckily, the hopeful promise of 2012 productions keeps me […]

Looking Back: 2011 – A Theatrical year in Review

December 29, 2011
Q opens in triumph, Fringe overshadows Festival, Outfit Rise, Rugby, Rugby, Rugby, and the Death of the Theatre. [by James Wenley] Attending the recent Hackman Theatre awards, Auckland Theatre circa 2011 would appear to be in rude health. Rude being the word, hosts Nic Sampson and Joseph Moore proudly observing it was a record year of nudity on stage, from […]

EXTRA: Auckland Daze

November 21, 2011
Auckland Scene gets funny + Deleted Scene! [by James Wenley] If you already haven’t already, fans of Auckland theatre should definitely check out TVNZ’s new online comedy Auckland Daze, about four wannabes “chasing fame in Auckland’s ridiculously small entertainment industry”. The brainchild of actor/director Kiel McNaughton, local theatre actors amongst its cast include Natalie Medlock, Jacqui Nauman (of Outfit Theatre Company), and Faye Smythe. Our […]

The Basement Fest, and TheatreScenes’ 100th blog!

October 6, 2011
Time to Celebrate! [by James Wenley] There’s a lot of good performance on at the moment. Too much. How can one get to it all? Auckland theatre – you need an ‘on demand’ service. Anything Goes is at the Civic, I haven’t yet managed to get to any of the Tempo Dance Festival at Q, there’s a myriad of performances […]
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