Author Archive: Michael Boyes

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THEA406 Directing Season: ON THE EDGE, Season Two

THEA406 Directing Season: ON THE EDGE, Season Two

by / July 31, 2012 / 1 Comment

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, [...]

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THEA406 Directing Season: ON THE EDGE

THEA406 Directing Season: ON THE EDGE

by / July 25, 2012 / [ 3 Comments ]

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

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Rules by which I live my urban life (as inspired by Andy Warhol)

Rules by which I live my urban life (as inspired by Andy Warhol)

by / September 25, 2011 / No Comments

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 [...]

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In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)

In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)

by / September 14, 2011 / 1 Comment

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 [...]

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Sketch

Sketch

by / September 12, 2011 / No Comments

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 [...]

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On the Upside-Down of the World

On the Upside-Down of the World

by / September 5, 2011 / No Comments

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 [...]

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Jane Wenley

Jane Wenley

by / August 8, 2011 / No Comments

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 [...]

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When the Rain Stops Falling

When the Rain Stops Falling

by / August 8, 2011 / No Comments

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 [...]

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An Oak Tree

by / July 11, 2011 / No Comments

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 [...]

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Echolalia And Temptatio

Echolalia And Temptatio

by / July 1, 2011 / No Comments

Echolalia And Temptation at Bats are perhaps two of the most excellent examples of clown work you’re gonna get the chance to see any time soon. And regardless if you complete reading this review, go. Returning after a wee one-night-only season last December, these two performers, Sampo Kurppa (originally of Finland) and Jenny McArthur offer [...]

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