REVIEW: The Dummy (Auckland Fringe)

February 22, 2015
Negative Comment [by Guest Reviewer Tim George] The line between provocation and exploitation is blurred in this multi-media examination of young woman’s spiral from depression to suicide. The Dummy combines live actors and back-projections of Facebook profiles and news footage and crams a lot of big ideas into its short running time. So many in fact that it never takes the […]

Auckland Fringe 2015: Week One Schedule and Daily Picks

February 5, 2015
Auckland: Things are about to get Fringey [by James Wenley] Auckland Fringe 2015 is hitting our theatres and streets next week and it promises to bring a whole cavalcade of entertainment and provocation. Fringe is one of the best times to check out what’s happening in Auckland theatre. Ticket prices are low and affordable, and you can jump from venue to […]

REVIEW: Yo Future (Barbarian Productions)

October 17, 2014
Uncertain Futurecast [by James Wenley] The Yo Future movement has been spreading across the country. First devised in Wellington in 2011, Director Jo Randerson has worked with youth from Invercargill, Hamilton, Wairarapa and asked them provocations like “What does the world look like to you?” and “what would you fight for?” to create their past, present and Yo Future. The 14 […]

REVIEW: Shadowland (Pilobolus)

June 4, 2014
Out of the Shadows  [by James Wenley] My immediate response to Shadowland is an eerie chill: disembodied clothes – two dresses and  a suit – dangle from The Civic stage,  giving the feeling that I’d walked in on a hanging in which the bodies had decomposed long ago. This grim reading was not something I’d expected from the “enchanting tale” […]

REVIEW: Goddess and Mab’s Room Double Bill (Basement Studio)

September 5, 2012
New Voice, Amplified   [by James Wenley] Playwright Sam Brooks’ work concerns itself with identity, the mechanics of interaction, and an intense focus on what pulls people together… and apart. In the spirit of ‘get up and do it’, Brooks, a graduate of Unitec’s Writers course and winner of Playmarket’s Playwrights b4 25 Award, has produced a double bill at The Basement […]

INTERVIEW: Actors Julia Croft and Chris Neels get ‘Skin Tight’

June 14, 2011
Julia and Chris chat about Skin Tight, love, bruises, manhood, our Pakeha heritage, and TV commercials… [by James Wenley] Skin Tight, by Gary Henderson, is a New Zealand play done good. Since its humble debut at BATS theatre in 1994, the play toured New Zealand, and the world, including productions in Australia, Great Britain, South Africa, Canada and the USA and […]

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Massive Company’s Havoc in the Garden

February 15, 2011
There will be Havoc. In the Garden.   HAVOC IN THE GARDEN rehearsals look like crazy fun. Each day starts with the most high-stakes, intense game of handball I have ever seen, making my high-school handball games look like a game for, well, kids. There are shouts, and loud howls of triumph when director Sam Scott is finally vanquished out of […]
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