Theatre Reviews

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Not in our Neighbourhood | Auckland Arts Festival 2016

Written and directed by Jamie McCaskill, Not in our Neighbourhood is a moving social commentary on the ongoing systemic violence in our society. Packed into an hour long production, powerhouse performer Kali Kopae takes us into the lives of three women who have sought shelter at their local refuge and, drawing upon their stories, offers quintessential snapshots of their varied…

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The Tempest | AUSA Outdoor Summer Shakespeare

The Tempest is perhaps one of Shakespeare’s most well dissected, interpreted and idolised plays yet there is an irresistible allure for any admirer that will guarantee a full house. Last night’s PopUp Globe was no exception. Under the capable direction of Benjamin Henson and led by the superbly talented Lisa Harrow as Prospero, the work promised to open up a…

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If There’s Not Dancing at the Revolution, I’m Not Coming…| Julia Croft

Julia Croft is a talented performer. Her physical presence is commanding and she presents a no-holds barred 60 minute analysis of female sexuality that is funny, provocative and entertaining. Better still it’s also smart. If There’s Not Dancing at the Revolution I’m Not Coming is an unadulterated and unyielding exposé of how women and our bodies are experienced through a…

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The Phantom of the Opera | Amici Trust

2016 celebrates thirty years since The Phantom of the Opera galvanised the musical theatre tradition on the West End with Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford in the lead roles. But few give a thought to the original novel, Le Fantome de ‘Opera, penned by Gaston Leroux in 1911. While wandering through the lower levels of the Paris Opera house Leroux…

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Puzzy | Auckland Pride Festival 2016

Stories have the power to shift perceptions, to change the dominant discourse and every now and then they can simply rock the world. Puzzy by Kiki does exactly that. Not because ‘coming out’ stories are new but because each time an individual believes that their voice deserves to be heard, in their own words and on their own terms, there…

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HART | She Said Theatre

In Australia it is Survival Day – also known as Invasion Day, Sorry Day and Australia Day – on 26 January, and here on the shores of Aotearoa it is Waitangi Day (6 February). Both days commemorate historic events, Australia on the day the land was invaded by those who refused to acknowledge it was already occupied; and for us…

Tim Crouch

I, Peaseblossom | Tim Crouch

I, Peaseblossom is a perfectly timed end-of-year fairy-tale. And like all fairy-tales, its re-tellings will be as unique as its listeners. This night we are packed into the Musgrove Studio. British writer/actor Tim Crouch offers a virtuoso performance that combines comedy with suitable gravity and is pitched at audiences of all ages.   Crouch has developed a series of plays…

Le Freak

Le Freak | Fine Fatale

Le Freak. The title itself oozes with French sophistication, bravado and a complete reclamation of the once (and in some circles still very much so) derogatory term ‘freak’. But the etymology stretches from capricious and whimsical to indulgent, insolent and all the way back to its Scottish origins of bold and brave.   The origins of the word are particularly…

2063

2063 | Unitec

Unitec’s 2015 grad show is an ambitious and provocative work collaboratively created by its final year students with director Pedro Ilgenfritz.   Watching it on Saturday night as the world reels from the attacks on Beirut and Paris and millions mourn the deaths of family and loved ones, 2063 becomes a work that resonates with the impact of those crimes…

All our sons

All Our Sons | Taki Rua Productions

Kotahi ano te kohao o te ngira, E kuhuna ai te miro ma te miro whero me te miro pango.   As kuia Grandma Mataira (Grace Ahipene-Hoete) watches her son Waru Mataira (Rob Mokaraka) and grandsons Tai and Rangi Mataira (Joe Dekkers-Reihana and Puriri Kōria) prepare to leave for a war that is not their own, her son reminds her:…

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