Looking Back: 2012 – A Theatrical year in Review

January 10, 2013
Taking the Risk [by James Wenley] “…It was this lack of “weight” (a not too easily defined term which an actor, if not a member of the audience, would understand) that Mr George Henare needs to work on if he wishes to pursue the acting profession. His is a good, powerful voice, he has strong features… yet a lot of […]

EXCLUSIVE REVIEW: Sleepover, Next Big Thing Festival (ATC)

August 2, 2012
The show that sent me to Sleep [by James Wenley] Did you hear about the show where a woman had an affair with a cake and all the audience members were dressed in their Pyjamas? If you didn’t, there’s a very good reason. SLEEPOVER was the most mysterious, and the most exclusive event of Auckland Theatre Company’s recent Next Big […]

REVIEW: The Seven Funerals of Charlie Morris (Elephant Nation)

March 7, 2012
Dying of Laughter [by James Wenley] On a routine visit to the hospital after a blow to the head caused by his best friend re-enacting Fight Club, Charlie Morris is informed he has a terminal illness, and his days are numbered. Now that is a profound life changing moment; too big to even begin to understand for people outside of […]

Theatre XMAS Madness!! A Criminal Christmas & A Krazy Kristmas

December 9, 2011
These shows won’t last, buy your ticket today! [by James Wenley] Turns out Xmas is a lot like the Rugby World Cup, whether you’re into it or not, you simply can’t avoid it – its everywhere. Xmas trees and tinsels have sprouted up everywhere. All I want for Christmas is you is on repeat. A GIANT Xmas Tree bauble has […]

REVIEW: Instant Kiwis – Instant Anatomy

November 29, 2011
Is it you or is it me, but this show is funny [by James Wenley] Friday nights have just got more interesting. If you find yourself in town 11pm on a Friday night and in need of entertainment, the Instant Kiwi Improv series at Q is a big winner. Being an improvised show, it’s new each week. And they re-theme […]

REVIEW: The Terrific Tale of Tabatha Talmus & These are the Skeletons of Us

August 11, 2011
Labyrinth and 500 Days of Summer? Skip the films, see the plays… [by James Wenley] When I interviewed Chris Neels on Theatre Scenes for Skin Tight in June he mentioned that he was working on two shows for a double bill at the Basement theatre in August. “Last year the Basement put out a call for proposals and I thought… […]

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 […]