REVIEW: 2 Dimensional Life of Her (New Performance Festival)

February 19, 2012
New Performance, New Dimensions [by James Wenley] Well the New Performance Festival has sprung up within the little-seen bowels of the Aotea Centre. A pop-up (and very cool) festival club is the gateway to a host of shows that, at the very least, will leave you plenty to talk about after. And it was 2 Dimensional Life of Her that […]

REVIEW: Ghosting Part 2 – Cabaret (New Performance Festival)

February 18, 2012
A Ghost in the Machine [by Sharu Delilkan] True to form Sean Curham‘s work at the New Performance Festival, Ghosting Part 2 – Cabaret, is nothing short of unexpected. The minute we walked down into the bowels of Aotea Centre we are greeted by Curham’s set, which felt more like we’d walked in on someone in rehearsal. And as people […]

REVIEW: Music and Me

February 15, 2012
Music, Me and Mayhem! [by Sharu Delilkan] It was like going to visit an old friend turning up at Mangere Arts Centre for my first review of the year. For Valentine’s Day evening, Victoria Schmidt’s brand new work Music and Me was an interesting choice, to say the least. Particularly since it was billed as telling the harsh realities of […]

REVIEW: The Motor Camp (Auckland Theatre Company)

February 12, 2012
Bringing back the cultural cringe [by James Wenley] Like many kiwis, I joined the yearly summer exodus from the cities, and went camping over New Years. The miserable rain-drenched ‘summer’ of 2012 had little to write home about of course, but it did provide me with one memorable experience: the family holiday train-wreck. Not my own, thank goodness. Evidently, the […]

REVIEW: Bathing with Elephants and other Exotic Reveries

January 27, 2012
An astounding Journey into the unknown [by James Wenley] The Civic Main stage is dark, waiting for its first performance of the year. But the building is alive. The show is Bathing with Elephants and other exotic reveries, with much for the inteprid audience member to encounter. Bathing with Elephants is a collaboration between Vitamin S, Co-Lab and STAMP at […]

REVIEW: Confessions of a Struggling Thespian

January 18, 2012
Embracing the Musical Theatre cliché [by James Wenley] The story and tribulations of the performer – whether it is singer, dancer or actor are an over-familiar cliché: Auditions, rejections, the pluck from obscurity, fame, selling out, rise and fall. Struggle. A Chorus Line, the beloved 1975 Broadway Musical is a definitive going over of these themes. Based on taped sessions […]

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 […]
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