REVIEW: Nga Pou Wahine (Taki Rua Productions)

June 27, 2015
Mana Wahine [by Sharu Delilkan and Tim Booth] In many ways it’s hard to believe that Ngā Pou Wahine premiered two decades ago. Yes Māori theatre has moved on, gaining more and more prominence within the New Zealand theatre tapestry, however many of the themes that the play touches upon are still relevant today. Although this show is an historic […]

REVIEW: Hikoi (Auckland Arts Festival)

March 6, 2015
Mōrihariha [by Sharu Delilkan] Witnessing a theatrical premiere is indeed a privilege but when it’s local with historical ties, such as Hīkoi, and it’s a world premiere makes for an even more momentous occasion. Writer Nancy Brunning’s cleverly crafted words come alive as soon as the show begins. Her ability to reel in the crowd with her sharp-witted dialogue and […]

PREVIEW: Troilus and Cressida (Auckland Town Hall to The Globe Theatre)

April 6, 2012
Te be, or not te be? [by Sharu Delilkan] It has been a journey of a lifetime for Rachel House to direct the first Te Reo Maori version of William Shakespeare‘s historical masterpiece, Troilus and Cressida. Despite being one of the country’s foremost theatre practitioners and visionaries, House admits she was terrified, when she was first approached. “I knew this […]