INTERVIEW: James Wilson, Executive Producer at Q

September 22, 2011
Answering Q’s about Q [by Sharu Delilkan] I’ve known James Wilson for the past four years while he was Producer and General Manager at Massive Company.  So when I heard that he was taking on the role of Executive Producer at Q, I naturally wanted the lowdown. Having only joined weeks before Q’s official opening on August 26, Wilson admits […]

Rugby vs Theatre: The First Asian AB

September 12, 2011
Interview with Benjamin Teh and Paul Fagamalo about acting, culture and RUGBY! + TICKET GIVEAWAY!! [by James Wenley] After 200,000 fans shut-down down-town for the Rugby World Cup Opening Night celebrations there is no denying it anymore. The Rugby is here, and Auckland has gone mad for it. And if you can’t beat em, join em. Or so it seems […]

NEWS: Len Brown announces ‘Jersey Boys’ coming to The Civic

July 27, 2011
Oh what a night… Tommy, Bobby, Nick and Frankie on their way [by James Wenley] Len Brown announced at a press conference this morning at the Civic Theatre’s Wintergarden that the smash hit international musical Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, will be coming to Auckland in April 2012. Jersey Boys is a key part of […]

Silo Theatre (finally) announce their first show for 2011!

March 4, 2011
Is that alcohol I smell on your breath? I’ve been eager to see what Silo Theatre Company are unleashing onto Auckland in 2011. At the end of 2009 they announced their 2010 season in style with PM John Key interviewing Oliver Driver. They had a strong start with That Face, When the Rain Stops falling was amazing, Happy Days with Robyn […]

Aotea Centre Redux

March 4, 2011
The acoustics are being fixed! The acoustics are being fixed! My face greeted me in The Aucklander yesterday, sitting on the steps of the Aotea Centre. Joanna Davies asked me my thoughts as a regular theatre-goer about a budgetted do-up of the ASB Theatre, that until now hasn’t recieved much media attention (and I previously didn’t know about!). Auckland Council plans […]

Auckland Venue Update: ATC on the Waterfront!

February 11, 2011
ASB: Creating Theatres… After looking at Auckland Theatre’s venue issues in my last blog post, the NZ Herald has an article today giving more details about Auckland Theatre Company’s dream new theatre project: “Auckland Theatre Company is seeking a $10 million ratepayers’ contribution towards the proposed building beside the new ASB head office, which is under construction in the Wynyard Quarter….  […]

Mercury Theatre and the Auckland Venue Problem

February 6, 2011
Got a spare $3 million? Buy a theatre – it’s a steal!    On Saturday I joined the flash mob photoshoot for Mercury Rising – a grassroots campaign aiming to ensure that the Mercury Theatre, the oldest surviving theatre in Auckland, is reclaimed as a performing arts venue. It drew attention to the potential opportunities for an increased and needed range […]

Looking forward: What’s on my theatrical radar for 2011?

January 26, 2011
Just quietly, I’m really rather excited about 2011 in theatre. Its early days, sure, but there are a heck of a lot of upcoming shows that are definitely on my theatrical radar. My theadar if you will. Here’s what is making it go ping!   Auckland Fringe is starting in a month. This upstart alternative festival launched in 2009 with 75 […]

Looking Back: 2010 – A theatrical year in Review

January 25, 2011
Looking back at all the theatre I saw in 2010, some very palpable images linger in my mind.  Jennifer Ward-Lealand in a bed. Jennifer Ludlam on the floor.  Robyn Malcom in a mound of dirt. A horse’s arse in a doorway. Edward Newborn eating a banana. Richard O’Brien up a ladder with a crown on his head. Some of course […]
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