REVIEW: Sham (The Basement)

June 1, 2016
[Sham-a-lot] Jess Sayer is a prolific writer who has won numerous awards including last year’s Bruce Mason Playwriting Award. As the company (We Three Productions) state, her work has been described as ‘razor-sharp’, ‘brave’, ‘absorbingly dark’ and ‘not for the faint-hearted’.  So naturally we were expecting a dark story to unfold before our eyes. Nothing could be further from the truth.  The charm […]

REVIEW: Gwen in Purgatory (Twist Productions)

September 13, 2013
Family dynamics deftly depicted [by Sharu Delilkan] Rachael Walker’s seemingly simple set for Gwen in Purgatory belies the emerging complexity of interaction between a rich tapestry of family members doing their best [or worst] for their elderly mother or grandparent. The show shines the spotlight on the tough and awkward issues that many of of us go through life avoiding. […]

REVIEW: Elevator (Auckland Fringe)

February 25, 2013
Catharsis of the Confessional [by Matt Baker] 3 women trapped in an elevator. It’s a simple yet possibility problematic premise, however, Jess Sayer’s script, as reflected in her writer’s notes, finds freedom within structure, and, consequentially, an incredibly engaging story. Sayer’s razor sharp wit is acutely vocalised by not only herself, but also by fellow actresses Michele Hine and Lauren […]

REVIEW: A Thousand Hills (STAMP at THE EDGE)

October 23, 2011
1,000 Reasons to see 1,000 Hills [by Sharu Delilkan] It is always a privilege and an honour to witness the premier of an original piece of theatre. But to be among the first to experience the personal sharing of a true story is even more significant. Naturally the foyer of the Herald Theatre was buzzing with eager anticipation when I […]