REVIEW: Fallen Angels (Auckland Theatre Company)

February 18, 2014
Divine Inspiration [by James Wenley] Credit to the publicist who angled a ninety year old play into the Herald on Sunday Gossip pages. “Are age-defying celebrities Nicky Watson and Sally Ridge the inspiration for Fallen Angels…?” the paper breathlessly asks. It explains that the play “tells the story of two former BFFs who shared a lover when they were younger… Sound familiar?”, […]

REVIEW: Anne Boleyn (Auckland Theatre Company)

June 16, 2013
The Other Woman [by James Wenley] Boleyn comes encumbered by reputation. She’s called a great deal many things through the course of the play: “the harlot queen”, “intolerable woman”, “witch”, “the whore”. She’s arguably subject to one of history’s great hatchet jobs, the dangerous female who bewitched a King and tore England asunder. For his 2010 drama, Howard Brenton recasts […]

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: Raising the Titanics at Q Theatre

September 8, 2011
Raising the Titanics, Raising a Theatre  [by James Wenley] The Maori Volcanics show band in their 60s heyday were arguably our most famous exports. With members included bonafide legends Prince Tui Teka and Billy T James, they took their unique mix of song, comedy, and Maori culture around the world to the USA, Vietnam, Israel, Europe, playing to royalty and appearing […]

REVIEW: Poor Boy (Auckland Theatre Company)

March 29, 2011
Oo hoo hoo hoo… [by James Wenley] Poor Boy is a song written by kiwi music royalty Tim Finn and released in 1980 on Split Enz’s True Colours album. The lyrics ‘My love is alien, I picked her up by chance / She speaks to me in ultra-high frequency’ are apparently about a ‘poor boy’ who falls in love with […]

Radio Review! ATC’s Poor Boy

March 21, 2011
My lovely theatre scenes co-reviewer Sharu Delilkan got on National Radio’s Arts on Sunday to review Auckland Theatre Company’s latest offering Poor Boy, featuring music by Tim Finn. Find out what she told Lynn Freeman about the production here. I’ll be seeing the show on Tuesday, so will have a print review for Theatre Scenes post show. I am very curious about […]