REVIEW: Ithaca (The Dust Palace)

December 2, 2015
Against the Aristotelian odds [by Matt Baker] Less of a re-imagining or reinterpretation of Homer’s The Odyssey, and more of a performance piece inspired by the source material, Ithaca by Thomas Sainsbury and The Dust Palace is a true spectacle in the dramatic sense of the word. With a monopoly on home-grown cirque theatre, it would be easy for the company to […]

REVIEW: Knock Knock (The Dust Palace)

December 14, 2013
Whose there? [by Sharu Delilkan] The foyer of The Herald Theatre was buzzing with excitement as people read the decree on the scrolls adorning the walls. The Dust Palace had thrown down the gauntlet to us as audience members, and everyone headed towards their seats wondering what they were in for – especially since the dreaded “audience participation” card had […]

REVIEW: With a Stranger (The Dust Palace)

June 9, 2013
An Aerial Extravaganza [by Sharu Delilkan] Arriving at TAPAC, which was dimly lit like a darkened bordello really helped set the tone for the evening from the get-go. This equally mysterious ambience was mirrored when you entered the theatre, adding to the excitement of what would ensue. We have seen a number of circus cabaret shows in the last couple […]

REVIEW: Love and Money (The Dust Palace)

November 16, 2012
Money CAN buy love [by Sharu Delilkan] Be warned that the cast of Love and Money don’t only bear all physically, they bear their souls through this intimate emotional journey. This clever piece of theatre is slickly peppered with cirque-theatre that’s the hallmark of The Dust Palace. Having seen Venus Is at Q Loft over a year ago, I was […]

REVIEW: The Bartered Bride (NBR NZ Opera)

September 25, 2012
Bartered then betrothed [by Sharu Delilkan] The word ‘opera’ conjures images of elitism and grandeur among people who don’t frequent the art form. And if you identify with that majority, NBR NZ Opera‘s version of The Bartered Bride would be a great first opera to see. It’s easy to understand, simple storyline and of course it’s highly accessible because it’s […]

REVIEW: Venus Is… (The Dust Palace)

September 11, 2011
Q’s Loft loses its virginity [by Sharu Delilkan] Everyone is familiar with the Roman goddess Venus, that’s often associated with love, beauty and fertility.  So naturally I was bracing myself for an evening brimming with decadence, desire and debauchery. And coupled with the excitement of Q’s new studio space The Loft’s first show Venus Is…, the evening promised a spicy […]