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July 23, 2018

Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix special Nanette is something special. The introduction to Gadsby’s set tells the story of a gay woman trying to survive in rural Tasmania, a state where (until 1997) being homosexual was illegal. Gadsby gives her first impressions of identifying as a lesbian with deadpan delivery. She tells a story of when she […]

July 16, 2018

This tale is one of glowing tussocks and toi toi, Māori legend, tikanga, and karaoke. It takes the audience from their seats and into a tale about whānau and the secrets we keep to protect one another. Trae Te Wiki (25) is joined by her younger sister Tial (11) onstage. Together they make up the […]

May 28, 2018

Joshua Kingsford’s Comedy Festival show really bugged me. His gangly frame jaunted onto stage, with all the charm and naivety of a newly-born red haired giraffe. His set was full of light-hearted jokes about being a ginger, his dad’s post retirement life being totally subsumed by The Chase, and bumbling Facebook messenger banter with women […]

May 21, 2018

Still Life with Chickens is a little slice of Mama’s (Goretti Chadwick) life. Set in her garden where she seems most herself and most at peace (i.e. away from Papa, her husband), it’s a one woman show, with interjections from Papa (Ene Petaia) within the house, and also a rebel chicken which she names Moa, […]

May 14, 2018

This Australian comedy trio are so absolutely stupid, it’s funnier than you’d expect. Having gone to their tour show in the 2017 Comedy Fest, seeing Aunty Donna for the second time was something I had been looking forward to for a while, and the pre-tour release of their album Glennridge Secondary College only added to […]

April 30, 2018

If you’re going to have an audience, any audience, sit through a 2-hour performance, and one 15-minute interval, you better have a damn good play on offer. I’m no so sure if The Lie passes this test. I will say I left the theatre with a lot to think about. If a piece can make […]

April 16, 2018

Think Coraline, Stranger Things, and Wreck It Ralph, smashed into a late nineties internet tale with Icelandic monsters: that was Tröll. Tröll follows Otto (Ralph McCubbin Howell), a twelve year old boy in love with the internet because he can choose his own name, be thirteen, and actually like the stuff he likes and not […]

April 9, 2018

When we laugh in a comedy show, we laugh hard at those comics that can point out that punchline sitting just out of reach, but we laugh hardest at the comics who point those punchlines out with a voice that is totally their own. Phoney Love has a touch of the former, however, its strength […]

March 26, 2018

5/5 Starting out in black leotards, Shakespearean collars and wig caps, singing a song about how the Travelling Sisters began (“We performed to two people and a steak! Oh well…”), these three women delighted me with their show — ten wacky skits with original comedic music playing over transitions. This show doesn’t keep anything hidden: […]