Archive for January, 2010

31/01/10

William (Andrew Foster) formerly a starving actor now the toast of Hollywood has promised ninety minutes to Isabel (Michele Amas) an art restorer and his ex-wife. In a few short hours he is to jet off to Paris to marry his girlfriend. Over those ninety minutes, they reminisce on their past, on their relationship and [...]

28/01/10

STUDENT JOURNALISTS “DISTRAUGHT” Education Minister Anne Tolley has had the tertiary education portfolio taken off her hands in a cabinet reshuffle by John Key this week. Steven Joyce would take over as Minister of Tertiary Education, reportedly to allow Tolley more time to focus on the implementation of the controversial national standards for literacy and [...]

21/01/10

Felix (Jacob Faauga-Renwick) runs an art gallery and all is not well. Luckily, his employee Sue (Josephine O’Sullivan) proposes a charity auction. It’s a smash and saves the gallery. Somehow. Drunk on both success and alcohol they fall into bed together. Which is a problem. Sue is married to Edward (Vere Hampson-Tindale) and is now [...]

10/01/10

Mo + Jess Kill Susie’s concept is hardly an original one. There is such a wealth of work written in this mode of the locked door, the gun and the person tied to a chair that it should almost be a genre of its own. The pressure cooker atmosphere endemic in this form is wonderful [...]

10/01/10

There is a lot of wonder to be held in the simple act of storytelling. There are few other places or forms where such a direct connection can be made between audience and performer. The Baggage Co-op (Ralph Johnson, Moira Wairama and Tony Hopkins) are three of the best story tellers going and their revival [...]

08/01/10

Oversized set. Bright colours. Glittery costumes. Local celebrities. Bad guys. Theme songs. A giant. Water guns. How theatre should be. The annual Leicestershire Christmas pantomime is pretty exciting stuff. The whole audience is a part of it, calling out, singing, clapping along, squealing when threatened with water guns… although I thought I was going to [...]