REVIEW: Le Basement XXXmas Cabaret (Basement Theatre)

November 23, 2020
[Who’s Stuffing Your Stocking This Christmas?] It’s a Christmas miracle, and the one the world (or Aotearoa) needed. This year there is extra emotion in the festivities that are the Basement’s Annual Christmas Show. We have much to celebrate and be thankful for. Sitting in a room pressed up against happy, drunken, theatre goers feels positively illegal and the excitement […]

REVIEW: Fresh Choice (Tuatara Collective)

November 11, 2020
[Sweet As] This show marks the debut return to The Basement Theatre for many of the audience members, including both of us. Watching a great observational commentary on the whole Covid-19 situation is both refreshing and cathartic. Beautifully written through the eyes of four potentially downtrodden supermarket ‘essential’ workers during lockdown, Jason Te Mete’s Fresh Choice touches on a multitude […]

REVIEW: Fake News (The Actors’ Program)

November 6, 2020
‘Actors have it easy..?’ As the world waits with bated breath for the 2020 US election results, the Actors’ Program premieres Fake News at the Basement. Politically speaking, it is a long, arduous day in which Donald Trump – who uses the phrase ‘fake news’ with alarming regularity – declares he is President before votes have been counted. The night […]

REVIEW: Our Modern Earth (Is A F*cking Mess) (Basement Theatre)

October 21, 2020
[Our Current Moment] Intense, explosive and beautiful. Our Modern Earth (Is A F*cking Mess), created by Amber Liberté and performed by an ensemble cast of 13, is another chaos-fuelled response to the climate crisis in the Basement’s main space. A fusion of dance, theatre and art installation, it immediately announces itself as an experimental work. Not least because the experience […]

REVIEW: Heatwave (Basement Theatre)

October 15, 2020
[Take Action] It’s no coincidence that two works responding to the climate crisis, Heatwave and Our Modern Earth, have been programmed one after the other in Basement’s Reunited season. The effects of human-made climate change are increasingly apparent, and young people are all too aware that we are out of time. It’s election season – and this election feels more […]

REVIEW: Year of the Tiger 虎- Hǔ (Basement Theatre)

March 13, 2020
[The Tiniest Threads Can Connect Us] Year of the Tiger (虎- Hǔ) brings together six volunteer strangers and pushes them into the spotlight. These strangers are connected by a single thread: their zodiac animal. Coming from different backgrounds, cultures, countries, these people are bound by the simple fact that they are all tigers. Alice Canton explores the cultural ideas of […]

REVIEW: Faceless Hair Cry (Auckland Fringe)

March 5, 2020
[An Open Body] Perhaps the best thing about seeing a dance piece like this is its openness to interpretation. It is visual and auditory but without any text to impose meaning on the audience, leaving us to be affected by what we see in a visceral and extremely personal way. Critiquing, by nature, is an act of interpretation – itself […]

REVIEW: Have You Ever Been With An Asian Womxn? (Auckland Fringe)

March 1, 2020
[Seduction, Sex, and Shame: Sexuality Beyond the Skin] A packed house waits in the Basement main stage space for the first performance of Gemishka Chetty and Aiwa Pooamorn’s Have You Ever Been With An Asian Womxn? which promises to ‘unleash a bold commentary on the hypersexualisation of pan-Asian womxn in pop culture.’  Audio plays on loop over the chatter as […]

REVIEW: Perry (Auckland Fringe)

February 29, 2020
[Look Closer] Where you sit can have an impact on how you see a show. I tend to sit as close to the stage as possible, particularly if there is a chance of any interaction with the performer – I want the most immersive experience possible. I also try to avoid any information about the show. With Perry (created and […]

PREVIEW: Basement Theatre Season of Duration (Auckland Fringe)

February 25, 2020
[Time Lords] Critic and practitioner Nathan Joe previews the five 4-hour long durational shows taking place at Basement Theatre for Auckland Fringe 2020.  With the official announcement of Nisha Madhan as the new programming coordinator of Basement Theatre, it seems appropriate that the 2020 Auckland Fringe Basement Programme (her first Fringe in this position) has her artistic fingerprints all over […]
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