All year, Rose and I have brought you news, reviews and interviews about theatre in Wellington. To fill the gaping hole in your brain that will be empty once Salient’s What’s On page is no longer, here are four events to keep you company over the summer months.
Binge Culture are well known among Wellington theatre circles for producing unorthodox yet thoroughly entertaining theatre. Comprised of Rachel Baker, Joel Baxendale, Simon Haren, Fiona McNamara, Claire O’Loughlin and Ralph Upton, they are currently aiming to raise enough money to take some of their work to a New Zealand performance festival in New York next year.
Funding for the arts has received little to no coverage during this election cycle thanks to Dirty Politics, Capital Gains Tax and debate interruptions. However, New Zealand is an enormously creative nation. The recent successes of Lorde and Eleanor Catton are but two examples of the artistic talent that New Zealand has fostered for the world to enjoy. But what can government do to help encourage the benefits of an artistic education, ensure greater appreciation of New Zealand art among the New Zealand public, and help guarantee that future New Zealand creative talent does not go to waste?
For such a small city, Wellington is full of some wonderfully creative people. This week I interviewed comedian Eamonn Marra, and Hannah Banks and Cassandra Tse, two of Wellington’s best young theatre-makers.
For a play that is considered a tragedy, I was surprised at how many times the audience laughed. A lot of the credit for that can be given to the brothers, Rodolpho and Marco. It was a pleasure to see them realised on stage.
Second Afterlife, written by Ralph McCubbin-Howell and directed by Kerryn Palmer, is a coming-of-age story set in the age of social media.
YOUNG AND HUNGRY ARTS FESTIVAL – 5 stars Second Afterlife, written by Ralph McCubbin Howell and directed by Kerryn Palmer, was an absolute joy to behold. A modern, exciting quest narrative with intriguing, well-developed characters, Second Afterlife will totally absorb you into its bizarre comical world, which resides eerily close to our own. Exploring themes [...]
The Young and Hungry Festival of New Theatre turns 20 this year. Having helped spawn the careers of noted alumni such as Bret McKenzie, Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, it allows young theatre-makers to engage in all aspects of theatre creation. I sat down with Programme Director Diana Cable and Director Kerryn Palmer.
Firstly, just go and see this show. It’s phenomenal. It’s enchanting and engaging and excellently crafted and I could not recommend it more.