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Arts

March 23, 2009

Sugu Pillay’s play Serendipity raises some interesting questions about cultural identity, freedom fighting and our attitudes toward people of different cultures. However, its premiere production does little to express or even acknowledge these ideas in any really identifiable way. Overall, the production felt underworked and unfinished. Some clear decisions had been made, seemingly with no […]

March 23, 2009

Released as a 7-inch but deserving of wider distribution, Vivian Girls have channelled this latest effort into some weird limbo state between the old-school surf pop and new-school fuzz. I mean, they’re still hanging out with the noisy bros from No Age et al, but are kinda looking over at the 60s pop circle more […]

March 23, 2009

Kia Ora Khalid was an opera. A children’s opera, actually. I had a foreboding feeling I was going to be told that a big purple dinosaur loved me. When the curtains rose, it was clear I was in no such luck. There is a great unspoken irony in Kia Ora Khalid. A play about racial […]

March 23, 2009

We all know you can’t be well-done before you become medium-rare, but before you become medium-rare? Well, then of course, you have to be Raw. Raw is a nationwide comedy search for the newest face of New Zealand comedy. It runs annually, with the final held as a New Zealand International Comedy Festival Show at […]

March 23, 2009

World music is a tricky beast to define. Tracing your ancestry back to monkeys just isn’t enough, but you try telling that to Beyonce. Take this year’s Aotearoa contingent for example: what is it, exactly, that makes ‘World music’ of Little Bushmen, Anika Moa, and Shona Laing? Luckily, semantics were of no concern to the […]

March 20, 2009

Lucio is a fascinating documentary about an anarchist bricklayer called Lucio Urtubia,who devoted his life working against those in corrupt power. Lucio follows this radical’s life surrounding many significant revolutionary events in the mid to late 20th century, from his humble Northern Spanish beginnings in the midst of the Spanish Civil War, his recruitment into […]

March 20, 2009

THE PIT BAR, BATS THEATRE – 20/03/09 Jonathan Phillips has burned his bridges in New Zealand. If his recent show at the impossibly small Pit Bar was anything to go by, we won’t be seeing him again in Wellington any time soon. He seemed clam and collected when he shook my hand, and had mumbled […]

March 16, 2009

Uther Dean Why was this a play? I mean, it’s a very good play. Erin Banks as Charlotte gives a performance of such power and magnitute that the rest of the cast could have stood on stage dribbling oil from their eyes and it would still have been one of the finest pieces of theatre […]

March 16, 2009

Fi: so you want to publish our G chat? Uth: maybe clean it up a bit. Rodwell is worth a discussion rather than review. Fi: good plan. if it looks shit, we can just write a ‘proper review’ instead Uth: you weren’t a huge fan right? I loved it. Fi: I really wanted to like […]