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This is the one we’ve all been waiting for. Well, horror nerds have, at least. Scream 4. It’s cliche now to say that the first Scream redefined horror, but you’d be hard pressed to find someone who’s never seen the original. It’s a great tale told well—a gory murder-mystery with an unpredictable twist and a [...]


Horror films speak to the fears of their audiences. As a Mexican film directed by Jorge Michel Grau, it is probably safe to guess that Somo Lo Que Hay (We Are What We Are) is about the fears of contemporary Mexican urbanites. It was quite an interesting watch for me as I know fuck all [...]


So there’s something I need to get off my chest before this review commences. An unfortunate discovery which has come at totally the wrong time. And I just can’t publish this without saying it first. I find Edward Albee interminably boring. I’ve reviewed Albee before and claimed that I liked it. But I didn’t. I [...]


The nature of ‘devised’ work means that it is bound to strike debate. Death and the Dreamlife of Elephants invites this further with an intriguing, if vague, viral marketing campaign aimed at piquing interest without really giving much clue as to what is going on. A murder? A break-up? A Wellington answer to Ionesco’s Rhinoceros? [...]


Christmas Indoors Written by Paul Rothwell Directed by Paul McLaughlin At Bats Dec 4 – 13 Reviewed by Jackson Coe Tension and unease underline Paul Rothwell’s latest play, showing at Bats this December. Christmas Indoors comes across as a farcical comedy, but looking deeper we can see a commentary on the change and dissipation of [...]


Red Riding Hood Written by Roger Hall Directed by Susan Wilson At Circa Nov 15 – Dec 27 & Jan 2- 17 At the opening night of Roger Hall’s Red Riding Hood at Circa, I was promised by a friend beforehand that I was in for a treat. With likable characters, cheerful songs and jokes [...]


Heat Written by Lynda Chanwai-Earle Directed by David O’Donnell At Bats Nov 7 – 22 Reviewed by Jackson Coe Heat is an adventurous and ultimately absorbing show, although I must admit that for some time I wondered where it was headed. It seemed to be a rather ordinary entry for the Stab Festival, but the [...]


The Little Dog Laughed Written by Douglas Carter Beane Directed by Willem Wassenaar At Downstage Nov 7 – 29 Reviewed by Jackson Coe The music is pumping, the lights are flashing and the crowd is roaring as we enter the auditorium at Downstage and take our seats for The Little Dog Laughed. The faux excitement [...]


Apollo 13: Mission Control At Bats Oct 18 – Nov 1 Reviewed by Jackson Coe The promise when entering Apollo 13: Mission Control is of an interactive and immersive theatre experience where the audience directly take part in the action, and for most of the audience this promise is delivered upon. In this creative and [...]