Wellington’s Guide for theatre geeks and creative misfits
Welcome to O-Week. For all you theatre geeks out there, or if you just enjoy a good show, I’ve combed the city calendar to bring you a guide to some of Wellington’s upcoming stage shows and festivals. Over the next two weeks there’s something on offer for every taste, whether that be comedy, dance, music, or theatre.
Kicking off a great start to the university year, we’ve got the end half of the New Zealand Fringe Festival. The Festival is community-based and showcases a concentrated mix of talent across a variety of art forms including the comedy Gobsmacked: Showbiz and Dating. JTM Productions is showing this musical-theatre-meets-cabaret romantic comedy about the single life, relationships and trying to make it in show business, at Meow Theatre, March 1st – 10th.
Light Sleepers’ Wake pulls inspiration from T. S.Eliot, Tom Waits and Edward Hopper to create an original play about being twenty-something, drunk and trapped in a genre not your own. Can relate? Sounds familiar? Light Sleepers’ Wake is showing at BATS theatre March 2nd – 7th.
Fringe is a festival known for being all-inclusive, so you don’t have to be a big-time theatre producer to have your piece included in the festival.
Definition of Me is a theatre production being performed in an unconventional space–a private flat off Cuba St. Co-written by its four cast members, Definition of Me explores how we each define ourselves and how this definition changes over time. March 4th-9th.
Friday March 8th brings the premiere of Pinwheel Dance Theatre’s Gizza Hoon showing at BATS Theatre. Gizza Hoon explores the relationship between the Top 40 pop music and Kiwi society. Inspired by the YouTube generation and late-night Courtenay Place antics, Gizza Hoon shows each evening at 8pm, March 8th-16th.
For those of you who love a good comedy, or perhaps just the awesome natural health benefits of a good laugh, The NZ International Comedy Festival will have Wellingtonians hysterically entertained at The Opera House come April 28th. Hosting the show is 7 Days quizmaster Jeremy Corbett, who will be sharing the stage with a number of fellow comedians including Dai Henwood and Urzila Carlson.
Quick Guide to Wellington Theatres
An intimate wee venue, BATS Theatre is host to a variety of performances with relatively cheap ticket prices. Recently reopened in a
new venue on the corner of Dixon St and Cuba Mall (the old Big K to those in the know), BATS is known for showcasing some of Wellington’s best independent theatre and brightest young up-and-comers.
If you’re one for being fully absorbed in your surroundings while enjoying a good show, then The Opera House is definitely worth checking out. Known for its superb architecture and stylish atmosphere, The Opera House is located on 111/113 Manners St, down the
road from Arty Bees.
Circa Theatre, Wellington’s foremost professional theatre, is found on the waterfront and has been around for over 30 years. With some of Wellington’s most respected theatre practitioners treading the boards and working backstage, Circa offers a wide range of high quality New zealand and international plays in a variety of genres from comedies and dramas to musicals and pantomime.
Gryphon Theatre, located on the corner of Ghuznee and Egmont Streets, plays home to Wellington’s most successful amateur drama
outfit, Stagecraft. If nothing else, Stagecraft does open auditions, making it a good place for young actors to cut their teeth before their
third-year Company course.
77 Fairlie Tce is Victoria’s very own theatre. Most of the shows that go up in that sizeable space have their roots in the 200 level, 300
level and postgrad Theatre courses, and they’re often quite audacious for student pieces. Also worth keeping your eye on for the new talent coming through.