REVIEW: Young & Hungry: Dragonlore and Atlas/Mountains/Dead Butterflies (The Basement)

September 30, 2013
Delicious [by Matt Baker] Once again The Basement proves its integrality to the Auckland theatre industry by picking up where ATC left off and presenting their first season of Young & Hungry, a programme in which performers and operators under the age of 25 are mentored by established writers, directors, producers, designers, operators, and stage managers. Dragonlore by Nic Sampson and Atlas/Mountains/Dead Butterflies by Joseph […]

This Week in the Theatre Scene (30 Sept- 6 October)

September 30, 2013
[by James Wenley] The new generation of theatre-makers are on show at the Basement Theatre in Young & Hungry Tuesday-Saturday this week. The plays are Dragonlore by Nic Sampson at 7pm, then Atlas/Mountains/Dead Butterflies by Joseph Harper at 8:30pm A Game of Thrones inspired Hamlet with Calum Gittins in the title role opens  at the Musgrove Studio on Thursday. What […]

REVIEW: Mrs Wishy-Washy (Tim Bray Productions)

September 29, 2013
Good clean fun [by Guest Reviewer Dionne Christian] One of the great joys of being a parent is taking your children to kids’ theatre and watching the expressions of joy, delight, awe and sheer amazement on their faces as they experience the magic of  a live show. Because they’re kids, they don’t know “the rules” about sitting still and keeping […]

REVIEW: Wicked (The Civic) [The Ozmapolitan Edition]

September 23, 2013
The Emerald City in Auckland City [by James Wenley] Theatre Scenes Reviewers Sharu Delilkan and James Wenley both went to opening night of Wicked. This was James’s fourth time at Wicked. He saw the Australian Cast in Sydney twice in late 2009, thrashed the Broadway cast recording, and saw the London West End production in June this year. He writes […]

REVIEW: Wicked (The Civic) [The Girl from Kansas Edition]

September 23, 2013
A Wicked Night Out [by Sharu Delilkan] Theatre Scenes Reviewers Sharu Delilkan and James Wenley both went to opening night of Wicked. This was the first time Sharu has seen Wicked, and she writes as a Wicked first-timer, a girl from Kansas on her first trip to Oz. We knew we were in for an awesome spectacle as we approached […]

REVIEW: Birds (The Basement)

September 18, 2013
Flight over fancy [by Matt Baker] I was disappointed to hear that Dianna Fuemana’s play Birds lost funding halfway through rehearsals. I wasn’t surprised, as it wasn’t the only negative funding news I had heard yesterday (am I right?), but to reiterate, I was disappointed. New Zealand is a melting pot of Asian and Pacific culture, and, as Black Faggot and Goodbye My Feleni confirmed earlier […]

This Week in the Theatre Scene: I have seen Wonders (16-22 September)

September 15, 2013
[by James Wenley] Last night I was one of the lucky Aucklanders to see Indian Ink’s brand new work: Kiss the Fish. Sharu’s got a fuller account in her review, but let me tell you, contrary to the images its title might create, this was a truly refreshing theatrical experience. Nobody else in the world creates theatre quite like this; […]

REVIEW: Kiss the Fish (Indian Ink Theatre Company)

September 15, 2013
A fish worth kissing [by Sharu Delilkan] The foyer of Q Theatre was like a Who’s Who of Auckland’s theatre industry last night – alive with anticipation of Indian Ink Theatre Company’s opening night of Kiss the Fish. Just like the masks that are used in the majority of Indian Ink’s shows, where no two are alike, we knew we […]

REVIEW: Gwen in Purgatory (Twist Productions)

September 13, 2013
Family dynamics deftly depicted [by Sharu Delilkan] Rachael Walker’s seemingly simple set for Gwen in Purgatory belies the emerging complexity of interaction between a rich tapestry of family members doing their best [or worst] for their elderly mother or grandparent. The show shines the spotlight on the tough and awkward issues that many of of us go through life avoiding. […]

REVIEW: Abigail’s Party (Vibracorp Productions)

September 11, 2013
Keep Calm and Party On [by James Wenley] The promotional blurb has boldly led with the Channel 4 Quote that Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh is the “most painful hundred minutes of British comedy”. You can understand why. The guests of the party are hardly the type of people you’d otherwise willingly want to spend that amount of time with. […]
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