Looking Back: 2013 – A Theatrical Year in Review

December 28, 2013
Auckland Participates [by James Wenley] This past year I have partied with underage drinkers, appeared on the 6pm news, ran for my life from snarling zombies, and, for an all too brief moment, locked eyes with a sensuous Lucy Lawless. If there’s one big trend that has come out of Auckland’s 2013 theatrical year, it’s got to be the year of […]

Auckland Fringe Dispatch: Third Time’s a Charm

April 3, 2013
Memories from the Fringe [by James Wenley] It was an obsession. It was an addiction. Auckland Fringe came into my life with a wink and a smile; a mistress that promised the world. Sure, some of the time we spent together was a bit awkward, rubbish even, but when it was good it was very good – whisking me away […]

REVIEW: Darling, Today We’re Going To Die (Auckland Fringe)

March 7, 2013
It’s a short journey [by Matt Baker] With the Sky Tower prominent in their backdrop, the rear windows of St Kevin’s Arcade next to Alleluya are an appropriate performance space for this apocalyptic piece set in a central Auckland flat. Written and directed by, and starring Lucia Farron-Diamantis, Lewis Gregory, and Lana Mackintosh, collectively known as Three Queens, the writing […]

FRINGE DISPATCH: Taniwha, Parts, Home, Gorge

March 7, 2013
Choose your Own Adventure [by James Wenley] Planning your Fringe schedule is akin to the choose-your-own-adventure stories in childhood. There are different venues, several shows are on at the same time, and you (or at least I) agonise over which path to take. Unfortunately in the Fringe choose-your-own-adventure, you can’t go back to the start and begin it all again: […]

REVIEW: One by One (Auckland Fringe)

February 27, 2013
Strength in numbers [by Matt Baker] Two people meet at a particular place at a particular time, and things are irreversibly changed. This is, arguably, a primary necessity for dramatic action, and it is the premise of Lab Theatre’s production of One by One. Director Pedro Ilgenfritz has clearly attained a wealth of knowledge regarding theatre during his 20-year career. A […]

REVIEW: Spring Awakening (Auckland Fringe)

February 25, 2013
Rock & Angst [by James Wenley] “Forget every other Musical you’ve ever seen” says the pre-show announcement voice as the lights dim for Spring Awakening. It’s a statement that is more about marketing hype than the show’s ability to offer something new to the form. Sure, its themes of suicide, masturbation, and sexual abuse are risqué, but nothing that are […]

REVIEW: The Road that Wasn’t There (Auckland Fringe)

February 25, 2013
A unique journey [by Matt Baker] Originally performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012, The Road That Wasn’t There, presented by Trick of the Light and embarking on a tour throughout New Zealand, makes its Auckland debut as part of the 2013 Fringe Festival. Broken into eight protractedly titled chapters, the script weaves between fiction and reality with great […]

REVIEW: Elevator (Auckland Fringe)

February 25, 2013
Catharsis of the Confessional [by Matt Baker] 3 women trapped in an elevator. It’s a simple yet possibility problematic premise, however, Jess Sayer’s script, as reflected in her writer’s notes, finds freedom within structure, and, consequentially, an incredibly engaging story. Sayer’s razor sharp wit is acutely vocalised by not only herself, but also by fellow actresses Michele Hine and Lauren […]

REVIEW: Celery Stories (Auckland Fringe)

February 25, 2013
Anarchic Fairy Tales in the Dark [by James Wenley] At the same time as the Lantern Festival lit up Albert Park, Myers Park came to life in quite a different way as a procession of Fairytale characters and creatures prowled its grounds. Myers Park has been associated with Auckland Fringe since the Festival’s original launch in 2009 and has played […]

REVIEW: Bus Stop (Auckland Fringe)

February 22, 2013
Any minute now… [by Matt Baker] Youth suicide. It’s an unquestionably prevalent and heavy-handed topic, and it’s been chosen as the theme for Dark Horse Productions’ (a group of eight of The Actors’ Program graduates) fringe show. Writers notes, and Youthline and LifeLine advertisements in the programme indicate a genuine attempt to address the issue, however, it would have been […]
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