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AuthorFiona McNamara

Author Archive: Fiona McNamara

Fiona was named "Recessionista" in the ASPA Fashion Awards 2009 for her Takaka op-shop frock and spray painted shoes. She co-edits the arts section and also likes to write about women and other stuff.

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August 9, 2010

The day after Julia Gillard became Prime Minister of Australia, she was voted second sexiest woman in the country by Ralph Magazine. If I type her name into Google this is the order of what comes up: “Julia Gillard partner”, “Julia Gillard photos”, “Julia Gillard mp”, “Julia Gillard married”, “Julia Gillard husband”, “Julia Gillard tim […]

August 9, 2010

Circa Theatre’s production of The Great Gatsby certainly had a lot of expectations to live up to as one of the most popular novels of our time, and this lively production directed by David O’Donnell certainly does that. What really made the show for me was the singing and dancing. The cast, with choreography by […]

May 31, 2010

I really really like walking places. I really hate getting cabs. Walking is good. I can leave whenever I want, it’s free, it’s exercise, it’s a good chance to sober up when cruising between parties on a Saturday night. I hate it when people impinge on my right to walk. But unfortunately this happens all […]

May 3, 2010

7.30pm—Shakespeare the Musical My two favourite long-form improv shows are Shakespeare and operas. When I heard Shakespeare the Musical was on, that seemed close enough. I was there, ready and excited. Seven performers bounded onto the stage in black pants and shirts and ruffs round their necks; and with a drummer and a keyboardist set […]

March 22, 2010

This article is to address the issues raised by the comic printed in the Orientation Issue of Salient. The comic depicts a first year female student’s progress through her first year at university. And the main concerns have been sparked by the third panel of the column, captioned “Contraception: Narrowly avoids impregnation by rugby team […]

January 8, 2010

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 […]

December 23, 2009

I’m nearing my three month anniversary of living in Berlin. I’ve eaten many a Doener, I’ve drunk litres of beer, seen litres of theatre, been to a Fag bar, and in the weekend I took part in my first flash mob. The Berlin Ring Bahn Party. Or- the party on the train line that circles […]

September 21, 2009

Whero’s New Net is a compelling new work about connecting with family, friends, ancestors, and through all this, ourselves. Director Sam Scott’s programme note stresses that Whero’s New Net has been made for the audience. Too often in the theatre I feel that I’m just watching other people have fun, but what kept me captivated […]

September 21, 2009

Aftermaths was the second season of three short plays to be directed by 300 level students of the Victoria University Theatre Programme this year. Neil LaBute’s Helter Skelter, directed by Ailsa Krefft, was a strong start to the evening. Allan Henry and Louise Burston give enigmatic performances as a husband and wife, dining in a […]