REVIEW: This Room is an Island (Te Pou)

February 26, 2024

[If you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you] Described as an immersive experience to ‘journey through time, bearing witness to a Taiwanese perspective on legacies of colonialism (1930-1995)’, This Room is an Island sets the stage outside the theatre, beginning in the Te Pou foyer. One by one performers make their way through the audience to […]

REVIEW: The Haka Party Incident (Te Pou)

June 7, 2023

The Haka Party Incident explores a little-known act of resistance — when Māori activist group He Taua confronted University of Auckland engineering students about their annual tradition of performing a mock haka. For decades, Māori students and lecturers had complained about the racist caricature, which engineering students insisted was just drunken fun. But the country was in the midst of […]

REVIEW: E Tu (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 5, 2016

[Stand Proud] I believe E Tū is the first comedy show held at Te Pou Theatre in New Lynn and I really hope it is the first of many, With Nick Rado at the helm as MC we felt we were in good hands from the outset.  His understated, good-natured, unassuming manner was perfectly pitched to interlink the talent on […]