REVIEW: Apocalypse Z (Royale Productions)

April 15, 2013
The Stationary Dead [by James Wenley] So, the Zombie Apocalypse is finally upon us, but it has arrived with more of a low moan than a blood-lusting scream. Royale Productions’ high-concept Apocalypse Z – written by Simon London and David Van Horn and directed by Andrew Foster – has barricaded itself securely within Aotea Centre. The square is host to […]

PREVIEW: Getting into the Zombie action of Apocalypse Z

April 5, 2013
A climactic theatrical experience [by Matt Baker] Idle hands are the devil’s playthings, but it seems they might also be responsible for a zombie outbreak in Auckland. Conceived via procrastination, actors David Van Horn and Simon London turned their hands to writing and created what is being dubbed in the theatre industry as the most immersive theatrical experience to date. […]

REVIEW: The Gift (Auckland Theatre Company)

September 17, 2012
The Gift of the gab [by Sharu Delilkan] “Wow!” was all we could say when we saw the striking set as we walked into the Maidment Theatre. A Rubiks-like upholstered grid with minimal cube props for tables and seats is the genius creation of set designer Rachael Walker. This style is repeated behind as a backdrop with the whole set […]

REVIEW: The Pride (Silo)

August 14, 2012
What DOES it mean to be gay? [by Rosabel Tan] You want a play to change you. You want it to take you by surprise, to delight you, to hurt you. You want it to whisper in your ear three days later when you’re trying to focus during a staff meeting about strategy and best practice. You want it to […]

PREVIEW: The Pride (Silo)

August 8, 2012
A matter of pride [by Sharu Delilkan] A heterosexual woman at the helm of a thrilling contemporary narrative predominantly focussed on the gay issues could have been a point of concern. But nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to Sophie Roberts‘ role as director for The Pride. Her history of working on productions with gay themes […]