PREVIEW: The Brave (Massive Company)

April 10, 2012
Play favours The Brave [by Sharu Delilkan] Massive Company’s latest production The Brave marks a number of firsts for the cast’s oldest actor, Jonny Moffatt. The show is a milestone in the 30-year-old’s acting career as he will not only be debuting with Massive Company but also at Q and the Mangere Arts Centre. Moffatt says “Although I have never worked […]

PREVIEW: Troilus and Cressida (Auckland Town Hall to The Globe Theatre)

April 6, 2012
Te be, or not te be? [by Sharu Delilkan] It has been a journey of a lifetime for Rachel House to direct the first Te Reo Maori version of William Shakespeare‘s historical masterpiece, Troilus and Cressida. Despite being one of the country’s foremost theatre practitioners and visionaries, House admits she was terrified, when she was first approached. “I knew this […]

PREVIEW: Dialogue With A Mannequin (The Basement)

March 19, 2012
All in the Family [by Sharu Delilkan] Cyan Corwine firmly believes that that you CAN make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. Her motto is that you can perform miracles with minimal expense, if you’re willing to think outside the box. The creator of Dialogue With A Mannequin has made her mark in the industry creating sets and […]

PREVIEW: Jersey Boys at The Civic

March 1, 2012
Perfectly pitched performance predicted [by Sharu Delilkan] Having grown up when Grease the movie hit the big screen I was keen to speak to Dion Bilios, when I heard that he was cast to play Frankie Valli in Dodger Theatrical’s production of Jersey Boys – The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. The 24-year-old Sydney-sider’s first comment to […]

PREVIEW: Where We Once Belonged in Brisbane

February 13, 2012
PIPA crosses the ditch [by Sharu Delilkan] Although Joanna Mika-Toloa may be on her way to perform Where We Once Belonged in Brisbane for the first time, she will have her home team batting for her. The recent graduate of the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts (PIPA) is beside herself about their impending Aussie performance. The Where We Once Belonged […]

PREVIEW: Silent Night – Yvette Parsons in the spotlight

December 6, 2011
A chat with Yvette Parsons aka Irene McMunn[by Sharu Delilkan] I have known Yvette Parsons for a number of years now. And I’ve been a big fan. In fact I would go so far as to say I consider her one of Auckland’s greatest actors. Naturally I’ve seen Silent Night during both the Auckland seasons and am hoping to go […]

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: The Pitmen Painters – (potent pause) Productions

November 8, 2011
A Tale of Two Gittins [by Sharu Delilkan] Having worked on the international film circuit for the past few years, including The King’s Speech and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Calum Gittins jumped at the chance to work in theatre. And when his dad Paul told him he was directing The Pitmen Painters it was a no […]

PREVIEW: Glorious at The Basement

October 28, 2011
In Glorious Anticipation  [by Sharu Delilkan] When I met up with director Sam Shore at his quaint Eden Terrace home the first thing I had to ask him was why he was ‘remounting’ and not directing Richard Huber’s Glorious. He lost no time explaining that he didn’t feel comfortable taking credit for all the play’s direction, having come into the […]

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, […]
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