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October 16, 2017

On Thursday evening I shuffled into the Memorial Theatre (yes, shuffled, there was a good turnout) and settled into my seat for a classic Greek tragedy. This adaption of Alcestis follows Apollo (Claudia Jardine) as he struggles to save the life of Alcestis (Leah Bell) who must die to repay her husband’s, Admetus (Matthew Martel), […]

October 16, 2017

This year’s Collaborative Production (THEA311) course was focused on children’s theatre — hooray! I am a big lover of children’s films and as a theatre student, I’m horrified at my lack of knowledge of children’s theatre. If someone was to say “children’s theatre” I automatically (and incorrectly) think of clowning and interactive shows. The THEA311 […]

October 9, 2017

Tales from the Spice Rack is a collection of ten minute performances of published plays, either taken in their entirety or as extracts from longer works. The 18 fragrant pieces were divided into two seasons, “Salt” and “Pepper”, alternately performed over four nights. We question why “Salt” and “Pepper” were deemed the most apt of […]

October 2, 2017

Satisfied Customers is a new play from Ben Wilson, directed by Keegan Bragg, opening at BATS Theatre on Thursday, October 3. The play follows a group of high school friends who are then given the opportunity for fame and success in the music business — but will the dysfunctional group keep their friendships and their […]

September 18, 2017

So you think you can dance? 80% of people say yes, 10% quietly believe they can (me), and the other 10% embrace the knowledge that they can’t. Wherever you are on the spectrum of dance capabilities, I’m sure you cannot dance like those performing in ONCE. The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) 50th anniversary […]

September 18, 2017

When I was in London in 2015, I was fortunate enough to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and my mind was blown, seeing things that I didn’t think were possible to do on stage. Matilda the Musical brings the same kind of highly professional theatre to New Zealand and it […]

September 11, 2017

Māori theatre is among the rarest areas of theatre that an amateur student, such as myself, comes across. Currently I am pursuing the ultimate goal of becoming an actress, within the means and ways of Victoria University’s theatre department — means and ways that have room for considerable improvement to include more Māori and Pasifika […]

September 4, 2017

Where do I start with The Pickle King? Oh, I know: IT’S AWESOME AND EVERYONE SHOULD GO AND SEE IT. End of review. Except, I want to say  more about it! I had high expectations of this show given that it’s produced by the renowned Indian Ink Theatre Company (of Krishnan’s Dairy fame), and the promotional poster had […]

August 21, 2017

If you’re interested in musicals, comedy, and a bit of gender political fun, I’d encourage you to give M’Lady — A Meninist Musical a whirl.   In the briefest of summaries, we follow the story of Elliot (played by the beautiful Aimee Smith) who is struggling to win the heart of his fair Freda. G […]