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October 16, 2017

On Thursday evening I shuffled into the Memorial Theatre (yes, shuffled, there was a good turnout) and settled into my seat for a classic Greek tragedy. This adaption of Alcestis follows Apollo (Claudia Jardine) as he struggles to save the life of Alcestis (Leah Bell) who must die to repay her husband’s, Admetus (Matthew Martel), […]

October 16, 2017

This year’s Collaborative Production (THEA311) course was focused on children’s theatre — hooray! I am a big lover of children’s films and as a theatre student, I’m horrified at my lack of knowledge of children’s theatre. If someone was to say “children’s theatre” I automatically (and incorrectly) think of clowning and interactive shows. The THEA311 […]

October 2, 2017

Satisfied Customers is a new play from Ben Wilson, directed by Keegan Bragg, opening at BATS Theatre on Thursday, October 3. The play follows a group of high school friends who are then given the opportunity for fame and success in the music business — but will the dysfunctional group keep their friendships and their […]

September 18, 2017

So you think you can dance? 80% of people say yes, 10% quietly believe they can (me), and the other 10% embrace the knowledge that they can’t. Wherever you are on the spectrum of dance capabilities, I’m sure you cannot dance like those performing in ONCE. The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) 50th anniversary […]

September 18, 2017

When I was in London in 2015, I was fortunate enough to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and my mind was blown, seeing things that I didn’t think were possible to do on stage. Matilda the Musical brings the same kind of highly professional theatre to New Zealand and it […]

September 4, 2017

Where do I start with The Pickle King? Oh, I know: IT’S AWESOME AND EVERYONE SHOULD GO AND SEE IT. End of review. Except, I want to say  more about it! I had high expectations of this show given that it’s produced by the renowned Indian Ink Theatre Company (of Krishnan’s Dairy fame), and the promotional poster had […]

August 14, 2017

The Swimmer, written and directed by Manuel Saez, and performed at Bats Theatre, immediately appealed to me because I’m a swimmer and I was just so excited to see a play that involved this very individualistic, lonely sport and was curious as to how it would be staged. When I read the synopsis I was […]

July 31, 2017

As the Young and Hungry (Y&H) season approached, I found myself bracing for impact. Y&H is always hit-and-miss with performance, script, tech, and direction, or a combination of all the above. Yet, this is the first year the posters for each of the plays were cohesive and genuinely pleasing to the eye — well done […]