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: Jingle Bellethon Telethon (Basement Christmas Show)

December 19, 2023

It’s Christmas. And every day Australia steals more of our Kiwi kids. But you, kind caller, can stop this! Donate today to the Jingle Bellethon Telethon and we will send a parcel of Christmas kiwiana to remind our Kiwi kids of just what it means to be a Kiwi!  Created by Janaye Henry (Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa) and Bea Gladding […]

REVIEW: Ngā Reta (Te Pou)

December 7, 2023

Ngā Reta is a poignant and humorous solo performance piece, which explores the individual nature of relationships and identity, in total-immersion reo Māori. The play follows Mia’s journey after receiving a box of letters, ngā reta, in the mail. The letters, from Kuia, detail her mother’s life and hint at the identity of her father. This throws Mia into turmoil, […]

REVIEW: The Clay Cart (Prayas Theatre)

December 7, 2023

Prayas Theatre Company returns to TAPAC with their production of The Clay Cart. The play opens with a meta twist; on stage the Prayas ensemble are rehearsing their own production of The Clay Cart, ready to bring this classic in Indian theatre to the New Zealand stage for the first time.  However, it’s no simple task. The cast is struggling […]

REVIEW: Heartbreak Hotel (Q Theatre)

November 30, 2023

[Find Some Room For Broken Hearted Lovers] Take a walk down Lonely Street to Heartbreak Hotel at the Q Theatre, the latest creative venture by Eleanor Bishop and Karin McCracken.  It’s hard to know what to expect when you arrive at the Heartbreak Hotel. When our hotelier and host (Karin McCracken) comes on stage in a bedazzled lilac suit, backed […]

REVIEW: Limited Time Only (Te Pou)

November 29, 2023

Limited Time Only is an entertaining and heartfelt exploration of love, loss, and what is important in life.  The play follows three siblings who meet up on the one-year anniversary of their mum passing. Opening a mysterious envelope thrusts the siblings into a reluctant journey through the nearby wilderness, with the promise of treasure. The story is funny and emotionally […]

REVIEW: CHAIRS! (Basement)

November 17, 2023

[Chairs: Sit up and take note] In a world of wheels, Molly is stuck in place. What’s worse is no one in her life seems to recognise her plight, or they think it is merely a temporary state of mind. Shows like Chairs! are the reason why the Basement is my favourite theatre in Auckland.  From the outset, it has […]

REVIEW: Concerning the UFO Sighting Outside Mt Roskill, Auckland (Te Pou)

November 15, 2023

[My Love is Alien] Reon Bell’s (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa) Concerning the UFO Sighting Outside Mt Roskill, Auckland returns to the stage after appearing in the Auckland Pride Festival, and the Kia Mau Festival to kick off the 2023 Rangatahi season at Te Pou Theatre.  Immersed in sci-fi and kiwiana, it’s Auckland, but not as […]

REVIEW: Skin Hunger (Q Theatre)

November 8, 2023

[Like a Prayer] Grief, masturbation, and the catholic church – the holy trinity of Tatiana Hotere’s Skin Hunger, a one woman show that explores life after the death of a spouse and how grief can make you unexpectedly horny. Returning to Q theatre after a sell-out season earlier this year, the show has been reimagined — transformed from a three […]

REVIEW: Night of the Living Dead (Silo)

November 7, 2023

[Breathing New Life] Silo Theatre Company’s first production after their almost year-long hiatus is one that blends cinema and theatre. It exposes the process of film-making, particularly that of foley and score which often go unnoticed by viewers, meant to provide realism and atmosphere that affect the audience mostly subconsciously. George A. Romero’s 1968 Night of the Living Dead is […]

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