Silo Theatre (finally) announce their first show for 2011!

March 4, 2011
Is that alcohol I smell on your breath? I’ve been eager to see what Silo Theatre Company are unleashing onto Auckland in 2011. At the end of 2009 they announced their 2010 season in style with PM John Key interviewing Oliver Driver. They had a strong start with That Face, When the Rain Stops falling was amazing, Happy Days with Robyn […]

REVIEW: Homeless Economics (Auckland Fringe)

March 3, 2011
Real Lives, Real Theatre. Theatre, in many ways, is all about being what you are not. Actors research and rehearse hard in order to embody characters that are nothing like them, playwrights write ‘fictional’ stories… all in the hope of being able to portray some sort of ‘truth’ onstage. It was revelatory and refreshing last night to see Homeless Economics, […]

REVIEW: Chalk (Auckland Fringe)

March 3, 2011
Anywhere but Shady Meadows!  There is something very disconcerting watching Isla Adamson and Josephine Stewart -Tewhiu  play elderly characters in their devised Fringe play Chalk. These gorgeous young performers transform and contract their bodies in such a believable way that the characters have a sense of the uncanny. Welcome to Shady Meadows Retirement home. A commercial voice over tells us […]

REVIEW: Constantinople (Auckland Fringe)

March 3, 2011
Toga Party. Constantinople is a famous city founded by the Emperor Constantine in 330BC, but had its name changed to Istanbul in 1930. Actor Barnie Duncan (Outrageous Fortune) liked its name better the first time. He uses the city as a name for his ‘soloish’ play and a very lose framework to experiment with some absurd gags, and to play some […]

REVIEW: Opera Risque (Auckland Fringe)

March 2, 2011
Rocky Horror Opera Show [by Sharu Delilkan] The poster of Opéra Risqué, definitely promised naughtily attired girls singing opera in Moulin Rouge style lingerie.  And the diverse crowd waiting outside at 5.30 pm were obviously anticipating a mischievous evening. The trepidation was heightened by the sight of scantily clad women appearing and disappearing at the box office like fleeting flights […]

REVIEW: The Sex Show (Auckland Fringe)

March 1, 2011
Sex. Yeah. As we take our seats for The Sex Show at Galatos, a couple lies ‘behaving’ on a black box representing a bed. He is restless. She reads a book. Is this the state of New Zealand bedrooms across the country? The Sex Show is a devised Fringe show by ensemble group Outfit Theatre Company under the direction of […]

REVIEW: Water Ballet ‘Sirens’ (Auckland Fringe)

February 28, 2011
There’s something in the water… They say there hasn’t been a Water Ballet performed in Auckland for 50 years. That is, until last week. The Wet Hot Beauties took over the Parnell Baths, delivering an awe-inspiring visual extravaganza in the water. As I sit down to write this, I am still buzzing, images and bodies swimming through my mind, forming […]

REVIEW: Forbidden Broadway (Auckland Fringe)

February 27, 2011
You can’t stop the camp! Forbidden Broadway is essential must-see viewing for any self-respecting Musical Theatre geek. Forbidden Broadway began its life in 1982 as a revue show created, written and directed by Gerard Alessandrini, spoofing the Broadway scene and musicals.  It has run ever since, with Alessandrini constantly updated the show to keep up with the latest shows and […]

REVIEW: Shakespeare’s Will (Auckland Fringe)

February 27, 2011
No, not that Anne Hathaway. Shakespeare is perched today on the highest of pedestals in the Western literary world. Apart from those odd rumours that Shakespeare is really somebody else (because somebody with just a Grammar School education could never write like that, don’t you know)… his works are gloried, written about and staged over and over again as if […]

REVIEW: Joseph and Mahina (Auckland Fringe)

February 26, 2011
Romeo & Juliet. Antony & Cleopatra…. Joseph & Mahina? I’ve written about Thomas Sainsbury plays many times before in Craccum Magazine. He’s something of a modern kiwi Shakespeare type, dominating Auckland over the last several years with a huge output of low budget but manically funny. Like Shakespeare he sometimes acts in his plays too and he directs most of […]
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