PREVIEW: Mary Poppins (Disney and Cameron Mackintosh)

October 4, 2012
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious [by Sharu Delilkan] When I met Matt Lee for the first time I couldn’t believe that he was over 30. The star of stage and TV (Australia’s So You Think You Can Dance, Matt has appeared in The Voice on TV2) had the complexion and physique of a young man in his early 20s. When I gasped in dismay […]

PREVIEW: The Pride (Silo)

August 8, 2012
A matter of pride [by Sharu Delilkan] A heterosexual woman at the helm of a thrilling contemporary narrative predominantly focussed on the gay issues could have been a point of concern. But nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to Sophie Roberts‘ role as director for The Pride. Her history of working on productions with gay themes […]

PREVIEW: Black Confetti (Auckland Theatre Company)

June 26, 2012
Siggy Tardust! [by Sharu Delilkan] When Kip Chapman saw Black Confetti at Auckland Theatre Company’s The Next Stage programme last year, he knew instantly he had to be involved. “I approached Philippa [Campbell] as soon as the reading was over because I thought it was an amazing script that reminded me of Odysseus going into the underworld. I was even […]

PREVIEW: Some Explicit Polaroids (Rebels & Robots Productions)

June 13, 2012
Encountering Explicit Emotions [by Sharu Delilkan] Having seen Andrew Ford in action on stage for the past three or four years, producer Roberto Nascimento knew that he would be ideal to play Tim as soon as he read the script for Some Explicit Polaroids. “Andrew is a very talented guy and I admire what he does. So when the opportunity […]

REVIEW: Rigoletto (NBR NZ Opera)

June 9, 2012
Decadence, drama and death [by Sharu Delilkan] As I walked into the newly renovated ASB Theatre at the Aotea Centre it was impossible not to notice that the carpets had been replaced by the bright parquet flooring and new seats. The light and airy feel gave the theatre the added bit of cheer, which was much needed on an otherwise […]

PREVIEW: Tribes (Silo)

June 5, 2012
Rejoining the tribe [by Sharu Delilkan] Although it has been almost four years since her Silo debut, Fern Sutherland still remembers the experience as if it were yesterday. “It was my first gig out of [UNITEC] drama school and I was extremely nervous when I met Shane [Bosher]. I felt very insecure and was desperate to make a good impression,” […]

PREVIEW: Standstill (The Rebel Alliance)

May 29, 2012
3 actors, 3 treadmills, 60 minutes [by Sharu Delilkan] Working on a show that has had a previous incarnation can be daunting. But when it has been a huge success it is an even bigger ask. So it’s not surprising that actor Andi Crown was a little hesitant when director-writer Anders Falstie-Jensen asked her to act in Standstill. “I must […]

PREVIEW: The Lion in the Winter (The Pumphouse Theatre)

May 26, 2012
A timeless classic [by Sharu Delilkan] Although The Lion in the Winter has been around since the 1960s, it’s actor Brendan Lovell‘s first time acting in, let alone reading the play. The 27-year-old actor admits he had never heard of American playwright James Goldman’s play, that debuted on Broadway in 1966, until the audition. But he’s by no means new […]

PREVIEW: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Auckland Theatre Company)

April 30, 2012
In Love with Shakespeare [by Sharu Delilkan] It has been a journey of self-discovery for Xavier Horan, particularly since he has gone from being a ‘Shakespeare-phobe’ to acting in two of his plays within a matter of months. Horan, who has recently performed at The Globe Theatre London in the ground breaking Maori production of Troilus and Cressida, is extremely […]

PREVIEW: Everything Benjamin Henson said about ‘Everything She Ever Said to Me’

April 13, 2012
No rape, pillage or murder here: Just some good old-fashioned human drama. And some nudity. [by Rosabel Tan] It’s a stifling afternoon and the palms in St Kevin’s Arcade hang limply in the thick air, but Benjamin Henson appears unaffected by the heat. Hunched over a table scattered with notebooks and scripts and an empty cup of coffee, he doesn’t […]
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