REVIEW: WORM (Basement Theatre)

October 16, 2019
[The worm’s audience turns] The stage is bare aside from bundles of beige cloth. When the show begins, the most human-shaped of the bundles begins to move. This is Worm (Phoebe Hurst), the latest denizen to occupy the Basement’s Studio. If there was ever a Mount Rushmore for the various entities that have slithered and crawled across its boards, Worm […]

REVIEW: Reclamation (FAFSWAG)

September 27, 2019
[Pusi Power] “Why men great till they gotta be great… Just took a DNA test and I’m 100% that bitch even when I’m crying crazy, yeah I got boy problems that’s the human in me. Then I solve ’em that’s the goddess in me” Said by the most iconic, curvalicious and unapologetic queen herself: Lizzo (if you haven’t heard of […]

REVIEW: I Didn’t Invite You Here to Lecture Me (Basement Theatre)

September 11, 2019
[Complete Education in 60 Minutes] What is the measurement used to gauge the success of a piece of theatre? Whether you laugh? Whether you are challenged into action? Is it measured by achieving the perfect level of audience participation, or by how skilled and flexible the actor is? Perhaps the yardstick is how many levels the script can operate on […]

REVIEW: AKL, Babel (Basement Theatre)

August 21, 2019
Hello subtext my old friend Choreographed and directed by Amber Liberte, AKL, Babel is a dance work inspired by the Tower of Babel and the rise of similar mega-structures in contemporary Auckland.  Performed by ‘workers’ Jasmine Donald, Joanna Cook, Sophie Grieg and Talia Pua, AKL, Babel is broken into three parts (‘Construction’, ‘Underbelly’ & ‘Expansion’), to show the way projects […]

REVIEW: PINAY (Proudly Asian Theatre)

August 19, 2019
[Writing a New Chapter] As I watch PINAY I feel like I’m being enveloped in a familiar warmth. It’s a warmth reminiscent of the comfort of a home cooked meal, or the intimacy of a well known embrace, or the rays of the afternoon summer sun kissing your skin. PINAY is a story of family relationships and identity wrapped up in […]

REVIEW: Sicko (Basement Theatre)

August 15, 2019
[Existential Crisis] A story of existential dread for the millennial set, Sicko is based around Francis (Zak Enayat), a young man who is trying to figure out his place in life. While he contemplates a new job that he has no interest in, his great Aunt Kay (Victoria Abbott) and best friend Ellie (Chye-Ling Huang) are afraid he is on the […]

REVIEW: I am Rachel Chu (Basement Theatre)

August 10, 2019
Here’s looking at you, Rachel Chu I Am Rachel Chu is a pleasure to watch. It is perfectly pitched for The Basement but has the ambition to travel further and spread the ‘crazy’ young Asian vibe that brings enjoyment, enlightenment and encouragement to anyone lucky enough to experience this fun-filled production. Taking inspiration from the book and film Crazy Rich […]

REVIEW: Read My Lips (Basement Theatre)

July 17, 2019
[These Lips are Smiling] Embers Collective have produced a wonderful second original work in Read My Lips, a devised piece which draws from stories from Auckland’s Deaf community.  Read My Lips is the bubble of laughter from best friends performing dance choreography together in the living room, it is the bowed head and slumped shoulders of sadness, it is the […]

REVIEW: MANIAC on the Dancefloor (Basement Theatre)

June 15, 2019
[Dancing like she’s danced this dance before] Advertised as a ‘bangers-fuelled, hour long rave – making a song and dance about recovery,’ MANIAC On The Dancefloor is in fact a raw and impactful account of writer Natasha Lay’s lived experience of bipolar and emphasises the simple truth that one does not ‘recover’ from mental illness but forges an ongoing battle […]

REVIEW: Woman of Citrus (Basement Theatre)

April 13, 2019
[Peeling back the layers of Aotearoa’s racial divide] Why do you bind our potential so close to our wrists that we slit them? In Woman of Citrus, we join Grace Bennett, a young black female raised in Aotearoa, as she grapples with racial prejudice and intolerance from the Kiwi community surrounding her. Written and performed by Toi Whakaari graduate Grace Bentley […]
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