REVIEW: Boom Shankar (Basement Theatre)

June 9, 2021
[Heaven & Hell walk into a bar…] In the six-ish years that I have reviewed shows at Basement Theatre, I have never found a formula for writing about them. Regardless of my opinion, it requires a completely different approach every single time. I do not like to lump different shows into categories, but one ‘genre’ I have noticed that keeps […]

REVIEW: The Downs & Ups of Peep & Squeak (Basement Theatre)

April 21, 2021
[With a Little Imagination…] In a large house on planet Earth(?) siblings Peep (Ravi Gurunathan) and Squeak (Katie Longbottom) get ready to step out into the big wide world in a hot air balloon. But then a mysterious dark creature kidnaps Peep and leaves him on a desert planet millions of miles away. While Squeak goes on a trek to […]

REVIEW: Dragon’s Divas Den (Auckland Live)

November 8, 2020
Get the Look Hosted by Lady Trenyce Bhone (Daniel Williams) and Ms Lady B (Bryony Skillington), Dragon’s Divas Den is a fun, slightly chaotic show featuring some great performers and game guests.  Based in the Civic’s Wintergarden, the show is presented on a stage draped in vivid red. It is a simple strong visual that fits the aesthetics of the […]

STREAMING REVIEW: Butcher Holler Here We Come (Ad Hoc Economy)

April 11, 2020
[Coming to (home) theatres] American theatre company Ad Hoc Economy was due to play Wellington’s BATS Theatre in the final week of the NZ Fringe before travelling on to the Dunedin Fringe, but performances were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The company filmed scenes from the show while at BATS, which has been spliced with scenes recorded by individual […]

REVIEW: Perry (Auckland Fringe)

February 29, 2020
[Look Closer] Where you sit can have an impact on how you see a show. I tend to sit as close to the stage as possible, particularly if there is a chance of any interaction with the performer – I want the most immersive experience possible. I also try to avoid any information about the show. With Perry (created and […]

REVIEW: No Holds Bard (Auckland Fringe)

February 27, 2020
[Too Many Harks, Not Enough Bite] Part of any creative endeavour is reception – whether that is an audience of strangers or your cousin Larry. Even the most shy and self-effacing creative will inevitably have to put their labour love in front of another human being to gauge their reaction.  One of the worst aspects of doing any kind of […]

REVIEW: A Frickin Dangerous Space-mas (Basement Theatre)

November 24, 2019
Spoofnik Written by comedy troupe Frickin Dangerous Bro (Pax Assadi, James Roque and Jamaine Ross) and directed by Jane Yonge, A Frickin Dangerous Space-mas chronicles the intrepid crew of the International Space Station as they prepare to celebrate Christmas and welcome the arrival of a new crew-mate, whilst warily awaiting the Captain’s (Sam Snedden) decision as to who will succeed him in his role. […]

REVIEW: WORM (Basement Theatre)

October 16, 2019
[The worm’s audience turns] The stage is bare aside from bundles of beige cloth. When the show begins, the most human-shaped of the bundles begins to move. This is Worm (Phoebe Hurst), the latest denizen to occupy the Basement’s Studio. If there was ever a Mount Rushmore for the various entities that have slithered and crawled across its boards, Worm […]

REVIEW: AKL, Babel (Basement Theatre)

August 21, 2019
Hello subtext my old friend Choreographed and directed by Amber Liberte, AKL, Babel is a dance work inspired by the Tower of Babel and the rise of similar mega-structures in contemporary Auckland.  Performed by ‘workers’ Jasmine Donald, Joanna Cook, Sophie Grieg and Talia Pua, AKL, Babel is broken into three parts (‘Construction’, ‘Underbelly’ & ‘Expansion’), to show the way projects […]

REVIEW: Sicko (Basement Theatre)

August 15, 2019
[Existential Crisis] A story of existential dread for the millennial set, Sicko is based around Francis (Zak Enayat), a young man who is trying to figure out his place in life. While he contemplates a new job that he has no interest in, his great Aunt Kay (Victoria Abbott) and best friend Ellie (Chye-Ling Huang) are afraid he is on the […]
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