Theatre Reviews

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Purapurawhetū

Almost ten years since its premiere Briar Grace-Smith’s timeless classic of love, loss and legacies once again takes to the stage – except this time the prized taonga is performed in te reo Māori. Under the stewardship of director Tainui Tukiwaho and producer Amber Curreen Purapurawhetū opened last night to a full house at Te Pou marking a key moment in…

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La Vie Dans Une Marionette | White Face Crew

It’s a Thursday night and there’s an air of eager anticipation amongst the audience that have gathered together in the Basement for La Vie Dans Une Marionette. Our usher, Jarod Rawiri, dressed meticulously in monochrome colours and replete with white kid gloves, a dab pencil moustache and of course white face paint, is the perfect effervescent host as he marshals…

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MEDEA | Silo Theatre

Silo’s production of Medea by Kate Mulvany and Anne-Louise Sarks (after Euripides) is utterly beautiful. We enter the world of Euripides’ epic tragedy through the bright disarray of a bedroom belonging to two young boys. There is a basketball beneath a desk, plastic bullets strewn across the room, a small aquarium, plenty of soft toys and every sign of the…

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The Elephant Thief | Indian Ink

Its 2066 and we’re in India. But it’s far from a world of super robots and flying cars. In fact things seem to have gone a tad pear shaped. For starters snap-chat is still being used and while security measures in the jails haven’t improved much disaster has struck in all manner of natural catastrophes. The ‘old world’ is reduced…

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WHITE/OTHER | Alice Canton

Let’s start at the end. There is a reason for this, in fact many reasons, but mostly because, as Jean-Luc Godard once said, “A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.” This isn’t necessarily a story; the work and its creators asked for a review and this is my response, as…

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Seven Deadly Monologues | A+ Productions

“Seven Deadly Monologues. Unearthing the haunting side of sin in humanity.” It’s a bold and ambitious statement; a provocation by playwright Benjamin Teh that dares his audience to enter into a lascivious exploration of all that is deeply sinful. Through seven monologues the immemorial pillars of sin (Lust, Envy, Pride, Wrath, Sloth, Gluttony and Greed) address the audience, each offering…

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The Wholehearted | Massive Theatre Company

The mandate of The Massive Theatre Company is clear: to create bold, authentic and heartfelt theatre. It’s not always easy and it certainly isn’t always possible, but last night’s Auckland City preview of The Wholehearted gave its audience exactly that. It’s a charming production. A group of young folk explore what it means to take courage, step forward and be…

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Little Child of Miracle | Basement Theatre

New work has an irresistible charm for me. I am passionate about New Zealanders telling our stories on our stages and I’m particularly excited when work dares to go beyond the personal. Stories that invest wildly in the imagination and dare to traverse beyond polemics and politics – those are stories that will herald a new way of shifting our…

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The James Plays | Auckland Arts Festival 2016

The James plays are the jewels in the crown in the Auckland Arts Festival: brilliant production value, top-notch drama and impeccable acting. It’s a chance to experience the best of what an international festival can offer right here in Auckland and whether you’re a history major or care about the Scots one whit matters little; it’s an excellent example of…

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