REVIEW: Hudson & Halls Live (Silo)

November 9, 2015
A Simple Dish [by Matt Baker] Before the plethora of cooking shows both at home and overseas, there was Peter Hudson and David Halls. Commissioned by Silo Theatre, Hudson & Halls Live! is the fictional account of New Zealand’s best cooking duo, two men whose love of cooking, entertaining, laughing, living, and most importantly, each other, introduced an entire nation to […]

REVIEW: The Deliberate Disappearance of my Friend, Jack Hartnett (Bullet Heart Club)

July 26, 2015
Why should we care about Jack? [by James Wenley] Did you see Daffodils? Wasn’t it great? For Metro Magazine I named it best debut for the 2014 best in theatre wrap-up. Rochelle Bright and her Bullet Heart Club collaborators have acknowledged their sophomore work, The Deliberate Disappearance of my Friend, Jack Hartnett is like a much anticipated second album. The difficult […]

REVIEW: Daffodils (Bullet Heart Club)

March 17, 2014
Love not given lightly [by James Wenley] Watching Daffodils is like watching a little miracle come into bloom. Praise has already been high for this remarkable debut show from Bullet Heart Club, but allow me to add my voice too: this is an incredibly special theatre experience of a kind that almost never comes along. I go to the theatre again […]

REVIEW: The Pitchfork Disney (The Moving Theatre Company)

June 21, 2013
Well pitched [by Matt Baker] It’s taken Todd Emerson seven years to mount The Pitchfork Disney, and it’s easy to see why the play stuck with him after his initial reading of it. Premiering in England in 1991, the play is considered a first in the arrival of the “in-yer-face” generation of playwrights, including Mark Ravenhill, Sarah Kane, and Anthony […]

PREVIEW: The Brave (Massive Company)

April 10, 2012
Play favours The Brave [by Sharu Delilkan] Massive Company’s latest production The Brave marks a number of firsts for the cast’s oldest actor, Jonny Moffatt. The show is a milestone in the 30-year-old’s acting career as he will not only be debuting with Massive Company but also at Q and the Mangere Arts Centre. Moffatt says “Although I have never worked […]

PREVIEW: Yours Truly (Basement Fest)

September 27, 2011
Jack the Ripper finally comes to Auckland, and he’s got a knife… [by James Wenley] When I met Anders Falstie-Jensen during his lunch break from rehearsals at the Basement, he was beaming and full of enthusiasm for his latest project. The play he is directing, Yours Truly sounds like a ripper. Jack the Ripper to be precise. Written by Albert Belz, […]

REVIEW: The Family Wilder

July 8, 2011
Dark and Twisted [by James Wenley] After a string of collaborations and monologue directing, Thomas Sainsbury returns to The Basement with The Family Wilder, setting his style to the dark camp of the thriller genre’s twist and turns. Harry McNaughton plays the softly-spoken writer Clive, who is tasked with writing the biography of Wilder Family patriarch and ruthless businessman Bill. […]