Author Archive: Neal Barber

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Summerfolk

Summerfolk

by / June 5, 2012 / No Comments

By Maxim Gorky, directed by David O’Donnell and Rachel Lenart This week, the Theatre 301 (Company) and 308 (Scenography) mount their production of Maxim Gorky’s Summerfolk. This production sets the play in a modern- day New Zealand idyll—a secluded bach surrounded by bush. Salient spoke to Jonathan Price about this new production. I notice in [...]

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Review – Chekov In Hell

Review – Chekov In Hell

by / May 28, 2012 / No Comments

Written by: Dan Rebellato; Directed by: Eleanor Bishop; Circa, 16 May, 7:30pm Cast: Victoria Abbot, Nick Dunbar, Simon Leary, Heather O’Carroll and Jason Whyte  The set is composed of a series of irregularly- sized, rectangular screens of white cloth. Electric white light projects on the screens from behind. Over the speakers, electrosynth muzak beeps. We [...]

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Quantum Sheep & Animal Orchestra

Quantum Sheep & Animal Orchestra

by / May 21, 2012 / [ 5 Comments ]

Guy Capper’s latest show presents us with his trademark blend of stand-up, animation and music. The theme this time round—“What is string theory?”—is mulled over by our host and pitched to a number of animated interviewees, but never quite solved. The routine progresses like a surreal television talk show, with Capper introducing his lineup of claymation guests [...]

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Interview – Shitshow

Interview – Shitshow

by / May 14, 2012 / No Comments

Salient talks with the creators DEAR NEAL, Please note our production is called “ShitShow”, not Shit Play. I have left it up to my fellow Bouffons to answer your questions. I’m sure you will find their answers insightful and inspiring. Regards, Sir Arthur Throbsbottom  What is adaptive dramaturgy? Tits. Tits and ass. Boobs and bumholes. [...]

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Profiling Simon Leary

Profiling Simon Leary

by / May 7, 2012 / 1 Comment

Back in Issue 8, we began a new series that I like to think of as Between Two Ferns with a Thespian. This series takes as its focus a young theatre practitioner who answers deep, delving questions so we can all get to know them a little more; it is always interesting voyeurising other people [...]

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Review – Bombs Away!

Review – Bombs Away!

by / May 2, 2012 / [ 3 Comments ]

Although the production values are such that they appear to be racing themselves to the bottom of a very tall cliff, there is something charming about this musical.

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Review – A Shortcut to Happiness

Review – A Shortcut to Happiness

by / April 30, 2012 / No Comments

Written by: Roger Hall. Directed by: Ross Jolly. Cast: Donna Akersten, Catherine Downes, Tim Gordon, Peter Hayden, Carmel McGlone, Matthew Pike, Elena Stejko, & Jane Waddell. Circa One, 17 April, 6:30 pm. I saw Roger Hall’s new play, A Shortcut to Happiness, when it opened the first season at the new Court Theatre in Christchurch. [...]

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Rape: Not Our Future

Rape: Not Our Future

by / April 30, 2012 / No Comments

The perceptive reader may have noticed that the lofty organ of student journalism you are currently fondling is loosely themed. The even more perceptive reader may have noticed that said theme has, until now, not invaded the sacrosanct space of the theatre section. Oh no, gentle readers all, it is just that I couldn’t be bothered aligning [...]

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Theatre Profile: Brynley Stent

Theatre Profile: Brynley Stent

by / April 2, 2012 / No Comments

NAME: Brynley Stent AGE: 22 years old QUALIFICATION, YEAR: Bachelor of Performing Arts (Acting) at Toi Whakaari, 2nd year How long have you been acting? My debut performance was as ‘Reindeer #4’ in our preschool nativity play at age 3. What got you into acting in the first place? Originally my parents forced it on me: [...]

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Review – Dunsinane

Review – Dunsinane

by / March 28, 2012 / No Comments

By David Greig Directed by Rachel Henry Cast: Philip Anstis, Taylor Barrett, Felix Becroft, Susan Berry, Jack Buchanan, Reuben Butler, Keagan Fransch, Greta Gregory, Taylor Hall, Frith Horan, Pereri King, Tom Knowles, Aaron McGregor, Timote Mapuhola, Greer Phillips, Vaimoana Sinafoa, Brynley Stent, Lucy Suttor, & Zoe Towers Te Whaea: National Dance and Drama Centre, 23 [...]

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