REVIEW: SIVA (Black Grace)

November 7, 2015
All that glitters is not gold [by Sharu Delilkan] Having followed Black Grace almost as long as we have been here (over 13 years now), I have a vivid recollection of their 10th anniversary show held at the Viaduct a decade ago. At the time it was a new experience seeing Pacific and contemporary dance infused to such a high […]

REVIEW: Hikoi (Auckland Arts Festival)

March 6, 2015
Mōrihariha [by Sharu Delilkan] Witnessing a theatrical premiere is indeed a privilege but when it’s local with historical ties, such as Hīkoi, and it’s a world premiere makes for an even more momentous occasion. Writer Nancy Brunning’s cleverly crafted words come alive as soon as the show begins. Her ability to reel in the crowd with her sharp-witted dialogue and […]

REVIEW: Sunset Road (Tawata Productions)

August 21, 2014
Easy ride along Sunset Road [by Sharu Delilkan] Only after watching the show did I discover that Sunset Road is Miria George‘s first play focussing on her Cook Islands whakapapa and gave me more insight into why the show was set in the 1970s, charting her grandparents’ story. A multitude of themes resonate within Sunset Road, the same way that […]

REVIEW: The Bronaissance (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 7, 2014
Klever Kiwi Komedy [by Sharu Delilkan] Samoan-Welsh comic James Nokise is the first Kiwi comedian I’ve seen at the festival and I’ve no qualms about saying that his show has been the most clever, confident and well put together comedy set I’ve seen so far this year. From the minute he got on stage Nokise charmed, endeared and entertained the […]

REVIEW: Taro King (Kila Kokonut Krew)

August 21, 2012
KKK still Kings [by Sharu Delilkan] There was almost a carnival atmosphere when entering the Mangere Arts Centre, a setting befitting the Kila Kokonut Krew’s 10th year anniversary celebrations featuring the production that put the company on the map, Taro King. Unfortunately I don’t have the benefit of being able to compare it with the first time it was staged. […]

REVIEW: Janey Godley: The Godley Hour (Comedy Festival)

May 15, 2012
Janey Godley – Nobody spared [by Sharu Delilkan] An impressive crowd was assembled in The Classic for Janey Godley’s entrance despite it being a cold and wet Monday evening. However it was only when she got on stage that my husband realised that the woman who had been smoking right next to us was the one and only Godley. That […]

REVIEW: A Thousand Hills (STAMP at THE EDGE)

October 23, 2011
1,000 Reasons to see 1,000 Hills [by Sharu Delilkan] It is always a privilege and an honour to witness the premier of an original piece of theatre. But to be among the first to experience the personal sharing of a true story is even more significant. Naturally the foyer of the Herald Theatre was buzzing with eager anticipation when I […]