Author — Michael Boyes

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31/07/12

And What Remains By Miria George, directed by Abby Maori women have been given a choice: sterilization in exchange for their citizenship or exile. What began as a ‘liberal’ health scheme (semi-permanent sterilization for up to two years insuring children are only borne by economically stable families) has turned public conceit (it is, in fact, [...]

25/07/12

Roger Walter’s Everything is Going to be Just Fine by page and poster sounds, for lack of a better word, awful.

25/09/11

1. Wear sunglasses, meteorology regardless. 2. Read books on art by artists—they have something in common. 3. Kiss strangers often. 4 .Never refuse a cigarette from an addict. 5. Sing quietly in public, loudly in private, and soon you’ll find the two get confused. 6. Jazz piano is impressive; but only if you can play [...]

14/09/11

In the Next Room, par ‘the vibrator play’, tracks the early days of said sex toy. The original steam-powered ‘Manipulator’ appeared in 1869 to a thriving entrepreneurial market of young doctors just coming to grips with modern science. The administration of…stimulation to the tender articles of one’s body…had been touted as an effective treatment for [...]

12/09/11

In August of 2007, artist Guillermo Vargas notoriously tied a dog to a gallery wall in Managua, Nicaragua (a Central American state bordered by Honduras and Costa Rica). Allegedly withholding both food and water, news of the canine’s starvation and subsequent death soon spread across the globe, sparking international outrage. Criticism has since stimulated discussion [...]

05/09/11

After receiving the unanimous stamp of approval from Auckland’s finest, Arthur Meek’s On the Upside-Down of the World has immigrated south to Downstage Theatre. From the personal writings of Lady Mary Ann Martin, Meek has created a superb testimonial to the early colonisation of New Zealand, with the vitality, beauty and humour for which he [...]

08/08/11

Ladies and gentlemen: Jane Wenley, the girl with a favourite blue bonnet who allowed me to print this: “I am on a bus! So sorry about this. Wil b there in 10. Feel free to say i am a late bitch in th interview!” So. What makes you laugh? Most things. Really? Yes. Tell me [...]

08/08/11

After a hefty splurge at taking the theatre world by storm, Andrew Bovell’s surprise masterpiece When The Rain Stops Falling has finally made a debut in Wellington. Circa One’s staging of this staggeringly beautiful play is a credit to an already burgeoning array of challenging work, and believe me when I say we aught to [...]

11/07/11

Circa’s most recent leap into the avant garde, Tim Crouch’s An Oak Tree, tells the tale of…well… quite a lot. Hidden under the clever guise of a wish-washy stand up routine a year from today, ‘the HYPNOTIST’, as we are informed in the program, will unleash his powers upon ‘the FATHER’ on a journey to [...]