REVIEW: Yeah Nah Pavlova (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 28, 2024

We’re almost at the end of the International Comedy Festival which has been packed with a number of outstanding shows, and Yeah Nah Pavlova is no exception. Loud Jess (Jess Loudon) and Sandra Pace make an incredibly likable duo from the get-go, starting the show with warm, gregarious, and larger-than-life energy. I grew up in Otaki, an hour’s north of […]

REVIEW: Tea For Two Valentine’s Special (Loft at Q)

February 21, 2024

What an absolute treat it was to see Tea For Two Valentine’s Special. I arrived early at the Loft at Q Theatre and found a seat front and centre, only then realising that I was at a Valentine’s show by myself. Theatre goers file in and decide to leave a number of conspicuously empty seats around me. The one woman […]

REVIEW: The Savage Coloniser Show (Auckland Arts Festival)

March 20, 2023

Poetry and theatre lovers alike have been eagerly awaiting Tusiata Avia’s The Savage Coloniser Show to grace the stage. The Savage Coloniser Book is the second book of poetry by Avia to be transformed into an ensemble stage play since the award winning Wild Dogs Under My Skirt. Both shows have been produced by Victor Rodger (F.C.C) and directed by […]

REVIEW: Concerning the UFO Sighting Outside Mt Roskill (Auckland Pride)

February 23, 2023

It’s the final week of the Auckland Pride Festival. With the festival turning out some amazing theatre this year, Concerning the UFO Sighting Outside Mt Roskill is one I’m glad I didn’t miss. Reon Bell gives a charming and thoroughly entertaining performance in this solo act as Dana, a young, closeted gay man in the 80s who has an increasing […]

REVIEW: Man Lessons (Auckland Pride)

February 10, 2023

The Auckland Pride Festival is in full swing in its second week and if you’re going out to see a thing or two (or read, watch, listen to – there’s a beautiful array of activities in the program this year), you can’t go past this gem taking place at the Basement Theatre. Man Lessons, performed by Adam Rohe (he/him), combines […]

REVIEW: Barrier Ninja (Auckland Live)

June 22, 2021

[Medicine under the spotlight] The problem of othering has to be one of the biggest contemporary issues that is still only finding its light. The “us” vs “them” mentality places certain groups of people outside of what is considered “normal”, and they are then subjected to racism, inequality, isolation, and marginalisation with alarmingly harmful consequences. I was heartened that one […]