REVIEW: Jason Byrne – People’s Puppeteer (Comedy Festival)

May 2, 2012
Jason ‘Byrnes’ Bright [by Sharu Delilkan] Waiting for Jason Byrne to begin his first show in New Zealand gave me the chance scan the room. Strangely Q Theatre had stuck a ‘Q’ sticker on the back of each chair to make sure we knew where we were. Thanks guys! When Byrne came on stage he was greeted by great fanfare […]

REVIEW: Idiots of Ants (Comedy Festival)

April 29, 2012
Idiots or Savants? [by Sharu Delilkan] Entering the Herald Theatre greeted by four slightly dodgy war film characters it was great to see that the British obsession with the World Wars, (2-0), was still alive and kicking. This of course soon descended into the chaos and confusion that we expect from a show like Idiots for Ants. Having already been […]

REVIEW: Mrs Van Gogh (Galatea Theatre)

April 22, 2012
Wikipedia for the stage [by Rosabel Tan] At the beginning of Mrs Van Gogh, Johanna Gesina Bonger (Gina Timberlake) introduces herself to the audience. I see my name does not strike a chord, she says. Perhaps you will know me better as Johanna Van Gogh – wife of Theo (Brendan Lovell), sister-in-law to Vincent (John Goudge), and one of the […]

REVIEW: The Brave (Massive Company)

April 20, 2012
Bravery the Massive Way [by James Wenley] I see a lot of theatre, and I enjoy a lot of theatre, but it’s a rare show that’s able to cut through and grab you on a deeply personal level. That show is Massive Company’s The Brave. Eight men, embodying bravery in body and souls, share their personal stories and experiences of […]

REVIEW: Everything She Ever Said to Me (Scratch New Writing)

April 19, 2012
The pain of everyday [by James Wenley] Jo’s everyday interactions are characterised by a sort of agony. As played by Kayleigh Haworth, she’s an intriguing study of indecision, awkwardness, tension and a constant internal torment about what to reveal, keep to herself, and behave.    Keziah Warner’s new play Everything She Ever Said to Me, speaks to the painfulness of conversation […]

REVIEW: Sinarella (Mangere Arts Centre)

April 18, 2012
Perfectly Pitched Pacific Panto [by Sharu Delilkan] The theatre was electrically charged as we scrambled to find our seats. In fact my mate Liz and I ended up sitting separately because it was so full. Not to mention the fact that they added almost 6 new chairs stage left to accommodate the stragglers. Seeing the theatre packed to the gunnels […]

REVIEW: Jersey Boys (Civic Theatre)

April 16, 2012
The good kind of Jersey [by James Wenley] As I take my seat in the Civic, the Jersey Boy stage looks surprisingly non-descript. It’s a grey and drab industrial looking set, complete with walkways and chain mesh. A pretty ordinary set for an international musical, but then, the origins of the real Jersey blue collar Four Season members were rather […]

NOT A REVIEW: Hanussen – The Palace of Burlesque (Q)

April 12, 2012
Burle…. [by Sharu Delilkan] “Willkommen, Willkommen, have we got a show for you.” So started the Hanussen – The Palace of Burlesque show. The audience laughed and clapped. “Why?” you might ask. And the reason was they didn’t have a show for us. For once in a burlesque blue moon the show was not going to go on. What? How? […]

REVIEW: This Kitchen is Not Imaginary [The Basement]

April 11, 2012
This Kitchen IS Not Imaginary [by Sharu Delilkan] The action starts straight away with the main character ‘Man’ (Alex Walker) making a paper plane that he throws over the screen on the back of the stage. The fact that is got stuck in the ceiling, whether intentional or not, certainly loosened up the crowd from the get-go. Man very soon […]

REVIEW: Punk Rock (Outfit Theatre Company)

March 29, 2012
Teen angst on overdrive [by James Wenley] Pity the British teenager. There’s something about the British school system that has seen it spawn more than its fair share of films, television and plays eviscerating the subject. Alan Bennett’s thoughtful The History Boys, which Punk Rock has been compared to, took a fairly noble approach to student’s studying their final exam. […]
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