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May 21, 2018

Still Life with Chickens is a little slice of Mama’s (Goretti Chadwick) life. Set in her garden where she seems most herself and most at peace (i.e. away from Papa, her husband), it’s a one woman show, with interjections from Papa (Ene Petaia) within the house, and also a rebel chicken which she names Moa, […]

May 7, 2018

Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke 5/5 Maxine Beneba Clarke’s brilliant 2014 short story collection Foreign Soil is centred around the idea of African diaspora. The stories follow a diverse range of characters as they journey through life, either interacting with or from the perspective of someone of African descent. The diversity of people and […]

April 16, 2018

Think Coraline, Stranger Things, and Wreck It Ralph, smashed into a late nineties internet tale with Icelandic monsters: that was Tröll. Tröll follows Otto (Ralph McCubbin Howell), a twelve year old boy in love with the internet because he can choose his own name, be thirteen, and actually like the stuff he likes and not […]

March 26, 2018

5/5 Starting out in black leotards, Shakespearean collars and wig caps, singing a song about how the Travelling Sisters began (“We performed to two people and a steak! Oh well…”), these three women delighted me with their show — ten wacky skits with original comedic music playing over transitions. This show doesn’t keep anything hidden: […]

March 26, 2018

5/5 I walked into Talofa Papa, greeted by an ula made out of fruit bursts, and a kiss on the cheek. I, who thrives off of touch to show care, compassion, and love, was already invested in the show as soon as I walked in the door. Papa (Kasiano Mita, the creator and performer of […]

March 26, 2018

4/5 Women making cool stuff for the stage is totally my jam. As well as fruit puns. In Discharge is Rotten to the Core, you get both. Discharge is the all-women comedy group who produced the show, originally formed in Dunedin and now Wellington based. The show follows a punk band called The Rotten Cores, […]

March 19, 2018

  4/5 If you weren’t already aware, the New Zealand Fringe Festival kicked off on the 2nd and will be going until the 24th of March. To start off my 2018 Fringe experience, I went and saw Poet Vs Pageant. Glance at the title. If you were expecting a wrestling stage, strobe lighting, and a […]

March 5, 2018

I have a particularly good understanding of the theatre making process, but when it comes to writing an album, not so much. What if there was a way to combine the spontaneity of the music, with the display of theatre, and the collaboration of band members and audience alike? Oh wait, there is a show […]

March 5, 2018

Directed by Liam Kelly. I have a particularly good understanding of the theatre making process, but when it comes to writing an album, not so much. What if there was a way to combine the spontaneity of the music with the display of theatre, and the collaboration of band members and audience alike? Oh wait, […]