REVIEW: Hoki Mai Tama Ma (Te Rehia Theatre Company)

July 11, 2014
Cross-Commedia Clarity  [by James Wenley] The masks, masterfully crafted with aroha by maker Tristan Marler, are exquisite. The etched mokos glimmer with detail under the stage light. The performers tongue flicks out from under the half mask. It’s as if the ancestors, carved on the beams of the wharenui, have jumped off and sprung into fresh and blood life. It […]

REVIEW:Te Awarua (Te Rehia Theatre Company)

August 24, 2013
A triumphant trifecta [by Sharu Delilkan] Watching a theatrical production such as Te Awarua, that utilises three languages and cultures as a storytelling device, is indeed a treat.  And knowing that the story was being told by the talented Albert Belz certainly made me have high expectations.  But unlike many experiences where high expectations are followed by major disappointment, Te […]

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 […]

PREVIEW: Raising the Titanics

August 22, 2011
Big shoes to fill, right on Q [by Sharu Delilkan] Roimata Fox admits that the prospect of filling actor Miriama McDowell’s shoes, as Marea Reka in Raising the Titanics, was extremely daunting. “It’s amazing what she does.  I’ve been watching her since I was 15 and have always looked up to her,” she says. The 23-year-old actor has since gotten […]