REVIEW: Shakespeare’s Will (Auckland Fringe)

February 27, 2011
No, not that Anne Hathaway. Shakespeare is perched today on the highest of pedestals in the Western literary world. Apart from those odd rumours that Shakespeare is really somebody else (because somebody with just a Grammar School education could never write like that, don’t you know)… his works are gloried, written about and staged over and over again as if […]

REVIEW: Well Hung

February 13, 2011
Auckland Theatre Company give the police a good bollocking It is one of New Zealand’s most enduring unsolved crimes. The year is 1970. The place is Pukekawa, small town NZ. The bodies of husband and wife Harvey and Jeanette Crew are found in the Waikato River. The murder weapon is established as a .22 rifle. Local Farmer Arthur Allan Thomas […]

REVIEW: I won’t be happy until I lose one of my limbs

February 4, 2011
Ice-cream is apparently one of the most searched for terms on the internet. Who knew? There’s certainly something about the stuff that makes people happy. On arrival at the Basement for ‘I won’t be happy until I lose one of my limbs’ we were presented with a free ice-cream cone. This made me happy. What a clever way to make […]

Looking Back: 2010 – A theatrical year in Review

January 25, 2011
Looking back at all the theatre I saw in 2010, some very palpable images linger in my mind.  Jennifer Ward-Lealand in a bed. Jennifer Ludlam on the floor.  Robyn Malcom in a mound of dirt. A horse’s arse in a doorway. Edward Newborn eating a banana. Richard O’Brien up a ladder with a crown on his head. Some of course […]

Why Theatre? Why Now?

January 24, 2011
The Polish Theatre Director Grotowski reckoned that all you need to create theatre is one spectator, and one performer. That’s theatre. Simple. Theatre is a survivor. Overcoming radical cultural change, political censorship, mangled Shakespeare productions and the rise and rise of film media, something about the art sees it arriving – still fighting – in Auckland, NZ in 2011.   […]
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