REVIEW: Putorino Hill (Taki Rua)

July 16, 2014
Hill of Memory   [by James Wenley] “More of a murky puddle than a fresh water spring” is how Whiti (Rob Mokaraka) describes trying to look back into his past. Taki Rua’s new work, Pūtōrino Hill by Chris Molloy by is a captivating memory play where the past’s reflection is a murky place indeed, revealing curses, hushed up scandals, patupaiarehe (fairies) demons. […]

REVIEW: Michael James Manaia (Taki Rua Productions & Q)

September 13, 2012
Raw, real and rewarding [by Sharu Delilkan] John Broughton’s epic one-man play Michael James Manaia (MJM) machine guns you with emotion right from the get-go. I can safely say this is the most raw and rewarding play we’ve seen for a long time. Our friends at Q had warned us that the show had had a profound effect on audiences. […]

REVIEW: Awatea (Auckland Theatre Company)

July 22, 2012
Awatea Shines Brightly [by Sharu Delilkan] You knew the writing was on the wall the minute you walked into the theatre. I’m of course referring to the beautifully chalked letters that ‘panoramically’ filled the backdrop of the entire stage. So dramatic, intriguing and utterly effective was this device that you could not help reading some of the letters while the […]

REVIEW: The Brothers Size (Silo Theatre)

June 1, 2011
Brooding tale of Brotherhood [by James Wenley] The Brothers Size is a play that ignites the senses. Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney has been burdened with all sorts of praise, the voice of his generation, the savior of American theatre. He grew up in Miami’s deprived Liberty City housing projects, and has worked with such prestigious theatrical institutions as the Royal Shakespeare Company […]