Archive for August, 2009

03/08/09

Go Solo is the annual season of twenty-minute self-devised solo shows from the graduating class of acting students at Toi Whakaari. There are series of very definite trends to be observed. The shadow of Krishnan’s Dairy hangs heavy—it started as a Go Solo piece and now it seems almost illegal to have a piece that [...]

03/08/09

Technology Cried! is a presentation of the practical work done by Tamsin Dashfield for her Theatre Honours research project into the workings and style of radical, experimental theatre group Red Mole. A powerful and defining voice of alternative theatre from their 70s heyday to their later, smaller-scale work in the 90s, Red Mole was all [...]

03/08/09

Christie in Love is the first production by or at One Sharp! Lunch Theatre. Operating out of the Club Room at the Southern Cross, they present a half-hour or so piece of theatre at 1pm every day. The $16/$12 price of admission rather charmingly also includes soup. While the price is a little steep for [...]

03/08/09

There are two things most newbie students notice on their first day at Victoria University. The first is that the Kelburn campus is up a huge, enormous, gigantic hill (read: mountain). Many have said it, it’s not the most conventient or practical location for a university in this fine city. The second thing that tends [...]

03/08/09

I packed extra sandwiches before embarking on the 262-minute revolutionary bonanza that is Steven Soderburgh’s Che. Separated into two parts, The Argentine focuses on the Cuban revolution, while The Guerrilla looks at Che’s failed attempt to replicate its success in Bolivia. Soderburgh, who must be one of the most peculiar directors working in Hollywood today, [...]

03/08/09

How do I review Brüno? What can I say about this film? Do I dare engage in a critique of its homosexual stereotyping? Should I suggest it is a brave work which does everything traditional definitions of great art should—confronting us and making us think? It’s difficult to know where to begin. Brüno has already [...]

03/08/09

Theater of War [sic] is a documentary about the The Public Theater of New York’s production of Tony Kushner’s (of Angels in America and Munich fame) translation of Bertolt Brecht’s famous anti-war piece of political theatre Mother Courage and her Children. It follows them sporadically from the readthrough of the play all the way to [...]

03/08/09

Do me a favour: if you’re going to download LP by Discovery, put it on hold for a couple of months. There’s nothing of the Wellington winter in the sunshine-soaked synths of LP, and consequently, it’s best served in the summer, as a soundtrack to holiday romance, ice creams at the dairy, and balmy evenings [...]

03/08/09

I first came across Florence Welch, a.k.a. Florence and The Machine, via a video of her covering Beirut’s ‘Postcards from Italy’ on Youtube, and not even the substandard sound and picture quality could detract from her performance. Somehow, Welch achieved the same sense of strength and wistfulness of the lavish original despite working with a [...]