REVIEW: The Secret Life of a Bellydancer

December 16, 2011
Shimmy into the Silly Season [by Sharu Delilkan] The very title The Secret of a Bellydancer conjures up multiple images. And depending on how vivid your imagination is, it can be as raunchy as you like. For that reason I decided to go with an open mind. And also having done bellydancing classes before, when I lived in Hong Kong […]

REVIEW: Silent Night

December 14, 2011
Spend the Night with Irene [by James Wenley] Irene McMunn’s Christmas cheer has been charming audiences in small venues across the country. So much so, that director Stephen Papps has lost track of how many seasons the one woman show has had. This return season at TAPAC is the first time he’s seen the show since March. Impressively, it’s the […]

REVIEW: The Waste Land (ATC Participate)

December 13, 2011
April is the cruelest month… [by James Wenley] Last week I was fortunate enough to experience a profound theatrical event. It’s been a few days now – most productions wash off soon after viewing – but in this one I keep returning to its moment in my head. I find experiences like these are all too rare, but it’s what […]

Theatre XMAS Madness!! A Criminal Christmas & A Krazy Kristmas

December 9, 2011
These shows won’t last, buy your ticket today! [by James Wenley] Turns out Xmas is a lot like the Rugby World Cup, whether you’re into it or not, you simply can’t avoid it – its everywhere. Xmas trees and tinsels have sprouted up everywhere. All I want for Christmas is you is on repeat. A GIANT Xmas Tree bauble has […]

REVIEW: The Twits (Auckland Theatre Company)

December 4, 2011
Nasty delights in an upside-down world [by James Wenley] Roald Dahl has a lot to answer for. His childrens stories, among them Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, and Fantastic Mr Fox are gruesome and subversive tales, in George’s Marvellous Medicine for example, 8 year old George is responsible for the death of his Grandmother (causing her to shrink […]

REVIEW: Instant Kiwis – Instant Anatomy

November 29, 2011
Is it you or is it me, but this show is funny [by James Wenley] Friday nights have just got more interesting. If you find yourself in town 11pm on a Friday night and in need of entertainment, the Instant Kiwi Improv series at Q is a big winner. Being an improvised show, it’s new each week. And they re-theme […]

BROADWAY BABY: Theatre Scenes goes to Broadway

November 24, 2011
A Kiwi in NYC [by James Wenley] Where can you find Harry Potter leading a dance number, Samuel L Jackson acting as a civil rights Mofo, and Spiderman trying not to fall into the audience? The Great White Way, the Capital of the Musical: Broadway Baby. New York, New York. Last month I travelled to New York in pursuit of […]

REVIEW: The Pitmen Painters – (potent pause) Productions

November 19, 2011
Billy Elliot meets RED [by James Wenley] With Billy Elliot, everyone remembers the feel good inspirational story of the boy who became a ballet star. In revisiting the film recently, I was struck by the gritty social background – of Thatcher’s England and the miners sacrificing everything with lengthy strike action. For Billy, dancing was a way of escaping a […]

REVIEW: The Bone Feeder

November 14, 2011
Feeding the Past [by James Wenley] I first encountered playwright Renee Liang’s The Bone Feeder in 2009, presented as part of her postgraduate diploma of Arts at the University of Auckland, which I reviewed for Craccum Magazine. Since then, Renee (known also for plays Lantern & The First Asian AB) has continued to develop and work on the play. More productions […]

REVIEW: Tartuffe (Silo Theatre)

November 7, 2011
Tartuffe for the 3D Generation [by James Wenley] If nothing else, Tartuffe is an experience. ‘This is not museum theatre’, warns/promises Silo Theatre in their bus shelter ads around town.  I’m curious about what their definition is, because I certainly don’t feel like Auckland is ‘afflicted’ by productions of this type. Professional Shakespeare’s in period dress for example are the rare […]
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