INTERVIEW: Sam Brooks, Playwright

October 17, 2013
Another Sam Brooks [by James Wenley] Another Dead Fag happens to be Sam Brooks’ third production at The Basement theatre this year. A playwright who creates juicily complex characters, his words seem to spring from both a personal and societal consciousness. His is a young voice working in the theatre worth listening to – helped by consistently booking slots at […]

PREVIEW: Revenge of the Amazons (Female Company)

August 8, 2013
Female Company Directors on naughty Shakespeare and supporting Feminism [by James Wenley] Flatmates Haemia Foote and Marisa Breytenbach proudly show me the hundreds of bras they have stored behind their couch. I’m assured this is not some sort of washing-line pinching conspiracy, but these brassieres  are much needed items for (what else?) a theatre set for a satirical feminist play to […]

INTERVIEW: Hamish Parkinson talks Square Eye Pair

June 15, 2012
Bromance and Television [by James Wenley] During last year’s Auckland Fringe I stuffed myself with as much theatre as I could. But I was kicking myself when Square Eye Pair won the Fringe’s Best Comedy award… and I had not seen it! Luckily for me, and for you, Square Eye Pair is returning for at Auckland’s The Basement at the […]

INTERVIEW: Jersey Boys star Michael Griffiths and his Madonna cabaret show

May 30, 2012
Madge is looking a little different… [by James Wenley] Michael Griffiths is a busy man. Not only is the Australian actor starring as Bob Crewe on a little show called Jersey Boys 8 times a week, but he’s also prepping for his one man cabaret show, to be performed on his one night off. And it’s not just any Cabaret […]

INTERVIEW: Ben Anderson on The Suicidal Airplane, New Zealand’s first Graphic Play!

May 11, 2012
Scripting Images [by James Wenley] Auckland playwright Ben Anderson’s latest play is not your standard script. Published by The Play Press, The Suicidal Airplane is being claimed as New Zealand’s first published ‘Graphic Play’. It’s part of a slowly emerging trend to make plays in graphic form, presenting ideas and scenes in images as well as words. Ben’s play, reproduced […]

INTERVIEW: Jennifer Ward-Lealand and the challenges of Rita Angus

November 15, 2011
Rita and Douglas and Jennifer [by James Wenley] Jennifer Ward-Lealand says playing Rita Angus is one of the most challenging roles she has ever performed in her career. “I’ve never done anything like this before”. It’s a surprising statement from Jennifer, whom over her long career in the performing arts has played roles as diverse as Boadicea in Xena: Warrior […]

PREVIEW: Yours Truly (Basement Fest)

September 27, 2011
Jack the Ripper finally comes to Auckland, and he’s got a knife… [by James Wenley] When I met Anders Falstie-Jensen during his lunch break from rehearsals at the Basement, he was beaming and full of enthusiasm for his latest project. The play he is directing, Yours Truly sounds like a ripper. Jack the Ripper to be precise. Written by Albert Belz, […]

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 […]
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