REVIEW: Still Life with Chickens (Auckland Arts Festival)

March 17, 2018
[Fowl Play] Stories don’t get much simpler than this: Mama, a lonely housewife, befriends a stray chicken. That’s it. Simple, yes, but it’s with this understated simplicity that D.F. Mamea’s Still Life with Chickens catches you off-guard. Maybe it’s John Parker’s idyllic backyard set or Goretti Chadwick’s warm and generous performance or Helen Fuller’s puppet chicken (puppeteered by Hannz Fa’avae-Jackson). […]

REVIEW: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Auckland Theatre Company)

May 7, 2012
Fancy a Puck? [by James Wenley] At the end of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, hobgoblin Puck famously excuses all that has gone before as a “weak and idle theme, no more yielding but a dream”. If so, it was a fantastic and crazy dream that the audience collectively dreamed in the theatre. While Puck undersells the thematic depths of […]

PREVIEW: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Auckland Theatre Company)

April 30, 2012
In Love with Shakespeare [by Sharu Delilkan] It has been a journey of self-discovery for Xavier Horan, particularly since he has gone from being a ‘Shakespeare-phobe’ to acting in two of his plays within a matter of months. Horan, who has recently performed at The Globe Theatre London in the ground breaking Maori production of Troilus and Cressida, is extremely […]

REVIEW: Sinarella (Mangere Arts Centre)

April 18, 2012
Perfectly Pitched Pacific Panto [by Sharu Delilkan] The theatre was electrically charged as we scrambled to find our seats. In fact my mate Liz and I ended up sitting separately because it was so full. Not to mention the fact that they added almost 6 new chairs stage left to accommodate the stragglers. Seeing the theatre packed to the gunnels […]

PREVIEW: Where We Once Belonged in Brisbane

February 13, 2012
PIPA crosses the ditch [by Sharu Delilkan] Although Joanna Mika-Toloa may be on her way to perform Where We Once Belonged in Brisbane for the first time, she will have her home team batting for her. The recent graduate of the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts (PIPA) is beside herself about their impending Aussie performance. The Where We Once Belonged […]

REVIEW: Polly Hood In Mumuland

April 17, 2011
Mumuland mesmerises Mangere [by Sharu Delilkan] It was an evening of firsts for me.  From experiencing a performance at the Mangere Arts Centre theatre for the first time, to seeing a Pacific Island flavoured musical extravaganza led by Goretti Chadwick, making her directorial debut. Another first was also the collaboration between Auckland Theatre Company and the Pacific Institute of Performing […]