REVIEW: Cellfish (Silo Theatre)

June 19, 2018
[Big Fish] If truth is often stranger than fiction, why is plausibility so necessary in theatrical plot? While Shakespeare was never opposed to using coincidence or serendipity in order to drive the action of his plays, when such treatments are applied to contemporary modes of theatrical style, the resulting juxtaposition between anachronistic action and modern spectacle risks becoming jarring to […]

REVIEW: La Vie Dans Une Marionette (White Face Crew)

June 22, 2016
[Master Showmen] As soon as the  man in white face paint screamed ‘lock ze doors!’, I knew we were in for something interesting. La Vie Dans Une Marionette is a delightful confection of humour and surprising pathos. Making a return visit to The Basement as part of their Matariki season, White Face Dance Crew tell the story of a lonely pianist (Tama Jarman) and the […]

REVIEW: Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika (Silo)

April 1, 2014
Poetry in Motion [by James Wenley] “The Great question before us is: Are we doomed? The Great question before us is: Will the Past release us? The Great question before us is: Can we Change? In Time? And we all desire that Change will come” That’s a grab quote from the start of Part Two. Alison Bruce, donning a wispy beard […]

REVIEW: Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches (Silo)

March 24, 2014
America Rediscovered [by James Wenley] It is very subtle, and depending where you are sitting, invisible. Etched onto the stage floor is one of the most famous sentences from world history: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…” For his final offering as Artistic Director […]

REVIEW: La Vie dans une Marionette (Auckland Fringe)

March 1, 2013
Joie de vivre [by James Wenley] It is strange at first to see performers Tama Jarman, Justin Haiu and Jarod Rawiri in the white face, white gloves, and the exaggerated clothing of a mime artist. While the art of mime, along with clowning, is typically taught as a module in drama training, and while it informs a lot of local […]

REVIEW: I, George Nepia

September 21, 2011
More than just ‘Invincible’ [by James Wenley] At the age of 19, George Nepia earned himself a place in Rugby history. As fullback on the All Black squad during the tour of Europe in 1924/25, he played in all 30 matches, and the All Blacks won them all. The team would be hailed as the ‘Invincibles’ and Nepia as the […]

REVIEW: The Brothers Size (Silo Theatre)

June 1, 2011
Brooding tale of Brotherhood [by James Wenley] The Brothers Size is a play that ignites the senses. Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney has been burdened with all sorts of praise, the voice of his generation, the savior of American theatre. He grew up in Miami’s deprived Liberty City housing projects, and has worked with such prestigious theatrical institutions as the Royal Shakespeare Company […]

PREVIEW: The Brothers Size (Silo Theatre)

May 27, 2011
Jarod Rawiri sizes up latest role [by Sharu Delilkan] Jarod Rawiri has taken to the ‘ghetto lingo’ of Boston like a duck to water. He plays Ogun Size, one of the three main characters in Silo Theatre’s latest production The Brothers Size. Rawiri says he has really enjoyed creating the movement for the vocabulary, which he says “has almost become […]