REVIEW: The Blind Date Project (Silo Theatre)

August 30, 2019
[Swipe Right and Swipe Right Again] Improvisational theatre, ephemeral at best, becomes completely sui generis when you have a new guest performer each night; add in a hearty amount of alcohol, constant cellphone use, and some karaoke and you have The Blind Date Project, a wildly unique hour of entertainment. Natalie Medlock returns as Anna after a previous sell out […]

REVIEW: Near Death Experience (The Basement)

August 1, 2018
[Tunnel Vision] Not all art needs to be healing or socially responsive, and there’s virtue in expressing the pure truth of a feeling or situation. Natalie Medlock’s Near Death Experience attempts to show the depressed mind on the brink of chaos, not as a story of recovery but simply as a fact. And, at its most incisive, this is as […]

REVIEW: Perplex (Silo)

November 17, 2016
[This is a Review] Nic (Nic Sampson) and Natalie (Natalie Medlock) return from a holiday to find their home not quite in the same state they left it. Their friends, another couple, Sam (Sam Snedden) and Kura (Kura Forrester) have been housesitting. It begins by establishing a premise that echoes many others, but soon derails off course. While the domestic […]

REVIEW: The Voice in My Head (The Basement)

May 26, 2016
[We still need more Voices] The second Natalie Medlock steps onstage we know we’re in for a treat. She greets the audience with a humble acknowledging nod in our direction and a shy smile to ease us into what we know could be a potentially tumultuous show. Abortion is a controversial topic, regardless of your opinion on the matter, and […]

REVIEW: The Blind Date Project (Silo)

November 12, 2014
Not just blind luck [by Matt Baker] In a similar vein to last year’s White Rabbit Red Rabbit, Silo Theatre presents a production that’s success banks almost entirely on each individual show. Appropriately titled, actress Natalie Medlock literally has no idea whom she is about to meet, the show more or less improvised around some narrative points and direction via text […]

REVIEW: Yeti Trilogy (Moving Theatre Company)

September 4, 2013
Far from abominable [by Matt Baker] Love, lust, manipulation, jealously, and revenge are the key ingredients of any great melodrama, and no Auckland based theatrical melodrama has proved so great as The Moving Theatre Company’s Yeti Trilogy. Encompassing original productions Dan Is Dead: I Am Yeti and Yeti Is Dead: I Am Tom, the Yeti Trilogy incorporates a third act, Yeti In The Himalayas, to create a […]

REVIEW: No Holds Bard (Royale Productions)

June 5, 2013
Hurst’s a Bardarse [by Sharu Delilkan] Aptly described as an outrageous and often profound look into one actor’s attempt at self-destruction, No Holds Bard definitely promises what it delivers…and more. This original compilation of numerous Shakespearean excerpts woven together from the likes of Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth and Othello is a great way to showcase Michael Hurst’s mastery of the […]

REVIEW: Bard Day’s Night (The Basement)

May 23, 2012
Shakespeare Nerd’s Dream [by James Wenley] [EDITOR’S NOTE: Subsequent to this 2012 season, the Michael Hurst’s show has been renamed for a third time as No Holds Bard, see Sharu Delilkan’s review of its 2013 return Basement season.] Michael Hurst looks like he’s just stepped off a poor imitation of a Shakespearean stage: black doublet, tights, a particularly foppish wig, and…. […]

REVIEW: Yeti is Dead / I am Tom (Comedy Festival)

April 30, 2012
Yeti Strikes Back [by James Wenley] When we last saw Yeti, she had been shot by a jealous Yvette Parsons after the Himalayan visitor had started an affair with Yvette’s husband, Thomas Sainsbury…. That would seem to have been the end of our beloved Yeti. That is, until the sequel. Turns out Yeti isn’t dead, but has been in a […]

EXTRA: Auckland Daze

November 21, 2011
Auckland Scene gets funny + Deleted Scene! [by James Wenley] If you already haven’t already, fans of Auckland theatre should definitely check out TVNZ’s new online comedy Auckland Daze, about four wannabes “chasing fame in Auckland’s ridiculously small entertainment industry”. The brainchild of actor/director Kiel McNaughton, local theatre actors amongst its cast include Natalie Medlock, Jacqui Nauman (of Outfit Theatre Company), and Faye Smythe. Our […]
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