REVIEW: At the Wake (Multinesia Productions)

November 28, 2014
In the Wake of Genius [by Sharu Delilkan and Tim Booth] Victor Rodger’s uncanny ability to write dialogue, that’s often self-censored in real life, is both refreshing and hard-hitting, which captures our attention right from the start. And this is evident as soon as Joan (Lisa Harrow) opens her mouth. The barrage of profanities that emit her gob can only be […]

REVIEW: Goodbye My Feleni (Hekama Creative)

April 17, 2013
Come back soon [by Matt Baker] “In a day and age where we idolise ‘glamour and swag’ – we often forget the people who died getting us here, these should be our idols and heroes. It’s been an honour breathing life into this part of our Pacific heritage with the boys and the crew in acknowledging the role which our […]

REVIEW: A Frigate Bird Sings (Southside Arts Festival)

October 13, 2012
Fa’afafine = fabulous and fine [by Sharu Delilkan] I have to admit that when A Frigate Bird Sings premiered at the 1996 New Zealand International Arts Festival I didn’t get the chance to see it, for the simple reason that it was before I migrated to Aotearoa. So I was keen to see what all the fuss was about with […]

REVIEW: Goddess and Mab’s Room Double Bill (Basement Studio)

September 5, 2012
New Voice, Amplified   [by James Wenley] Playwright Sam Brooks’ work concerns itself with identity, the mechanics of interaction, and an intense focus on what pulls people together… and apart. In the spirit of ‘get up and do it’, Brooks, a graduate of Unitec’s Writers course and winner of Playmarket’s Playwrights b4 25 Award, has produced a double bill at The Basement […]

REVIEW: The Terrific Tale of Tabatha Talmus & These are the Skeletons of Us

August 11, 2011
Labyrinth and 500 Days of Summer? Skip the films, see the plays… [by James Wenley] When I interviewed Chris Neels on Theatre Scenes for Skin Tight in June he mentioned that he was working on two shows for a double bill at the Basement theatre in August. “Last year the Basement put out a call for proposals and I thought… […]