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VU | VOU Dance Fiji

When entering a sacred space, there is an underlying presence that challenges any visitor to engage with the unsaid and the unexplained. Invoking traditional ceremony and ritual, VOU Dance Fiji does exactly that. In their latest offering, the company attempt to carve out a dialogue between the past and the present, the ancestral beings and the people. This is VU.…

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FRESH | Tempo Dance Festival, NZ

This year’s FRESH dance showcase does not disappoint. The palette is broad and the risks and innovation taken by the five choreographers, Ardon England, Joash Fahitua, Xin Ji, Bhuvana Venkat, Lauren Byrne and Emma Martin, offer commendable efforts. Sculpted physicality, creative thinking and strong narratives are evident in varying degrees across all works. The evening begins with England’s ‘FIERCE’. A…


Macbeth | Black Friars Theatre

Black Friars Theatre has been working for the past 10 years in South Auckland to ‘re-story’ conventional narratives. Their production of Macbeth was no exception. Under the direction of Billy Revell and Michelle Johansson, the company presented a rich, vibrant and uniquely Pasifika re-telling of the classic Shakespearean tragedy. Set in traverse, the stage was a long corridor that carried…


Songs for the Fallen | Auckland Live Cabaret Season 2016

“This is not how my story goes,” says 19th century peasant-turned-courtesan Marie Dupleiss. The muse for Alexandre Dumas’ Lady of the Camellias and the subsequent inspiration for a swathe of legends and myths (including the opera La Traviata and Moulin Rouge) is a woman whose legacy has endured for centuries – but she’s not done yet. It’s January 15th 1847 and in 18 days’ time Dupleiss will…


A New Beginning: The National Writers Forum 2016

Jackie Dennis, New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) CEO says in her welcome note: ‘an idea has become a reality.’ The inaugural National Writers Forum, held on 17-18 September in Auckland, was the start of what will hopefully be a long-lived reality for the many aspiring, successful and established writers of Aotearoa. The two day programme was packed with 44 talented presenters including…



The Secret Life of Pets has to be one of my favourite films this year. In fact, it’s probably one of the most enjoyable wagging tales of four-legged beasts minus all the bad puns. This is New York, New York and everything we love about it is highlighted in its opening scenes – the bike rides, Central Park, the sunset…


Shot Bro – Confessions of a Depressed Bullet | Kōanga Festival 2016

Let’s be clear: Shot Bro – Confessions of a Depressed Bullet is not drama therapy. Any therapeutic effect that may eventuate as a result of watching a brilliant writer and performer share his most personal stories is a result of not merely absorbing and reflecting upon the details of the story but basking in the world of how the story is told. Rob Mokaraka…


Boys Will Be Boys | Silo

Dione Joseph reviews Silo Theatre’s production of BOYS WILL BE BOYS, written by Melissa Bubnic and directed by Sophie Roberts. A scathing satire of the male-dominated world of the financial trading industry with an all female-cast. Click here to listen to Dione’s live review on Radio New Zealand.  


Boys Will Be Boys | Silo Theatre

Forget Sex in the City. This is Melissa Bubnic’s scathing satire of sexism in the city and it’s a crackling ninety minutes. In a strong female-driven narrative, Boys Will Be Boys exposes not just the multiple glass ceilings that women face in the industries and systems wrought by men but, equally, how such institutions breed desperation, ruthlessness and betrayal in power games that…

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