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May 22, 2017

As a general, unspoken rule of reviewing theatre, it is customary and even expected to commend one-person shows that don’t end in utter disaster. The sheer scale of planning, the gruelling rehearsal period, the necessary charisma and repertoire required with different audiences each night, and the added anxiety of being unable to see how others […]

May 22, 2017

Performed by students of THEA 323, directed by Intercultural Theatre Practices expert Dr. Megan Evans, and written originally by Chinese playwright Li Yu, Two Belles in Love: A Romance deals with societal stigma towards the rights of LGBTQIA+ individuals to love openly. Despite this, it promises to be “sweet, funny, and compellingly relevant for a […]

May 11, 2017

I caught up with American comedian Tony Woods on the phone for around ten minutes between his connecting flight from Auckland to Wellington. Naturally, for a comedian with followings across the globe who fly out regularly, he sounded as exhausted as I was nervous. He’s had an insane career taking him from Def Comedy Jam […]

May 8, 2017

Seeing Hand of God as part of the Season of Hell at Circa Theatre; it fills me with PRIDE to report that I ENVY anyone who has yet to see the production, and that I LUST to see each of the actors again in… ah fuck it. It was pretty good, despite being a play […]

April 6, 2017

New Zealand group The BeatGirls have been performing here and overseas for 21 years. Since 1996 they’ve gone through 29 women, with both their music taste and their wardrobe both expanding since 1996. On Saturday night I pulled an old school friend along to the opening night of their birthday celebration at Circa Theatre. The […]

April 3, 2017

Escaped Alone at first doesn’t appear to fit the nature of Circa Theatre’s Women’s Theatre Festival (WTF!). While it’s radical to see four women over 30 claim the theatrical space, there’s no obvious feminist subject matter, as with previous WTF! pieces The Journey of Miss Batten or Hen’s Teeth. Then again, when you consider playwright […]

March 27, 2017

David Henry Hwang is an acclaimed US playwright who lives in New York and who wrote the play Yellow Face. Confusingly, he is also the lead character. Semi-autobiographical, Yellow Face covers the middling period of Hwang’s (Alex Rabina) career when, fresh from the success of his play M. Butterfly, he criticises the 1991 Broadway rendition […]

March 20, 2017

Free theatre? In Wellington? Tell me more, in around 500 words, for publishing reasons. Seems a bit specific, but sure: I’m Sean Harbottle, an insufferably British theatre editor for Salient. I’ve reviewed both amateur and professional theatre for student media in Vancouver and in the UK for about a year and a half now. Theatre […]

March 3, 2017

As part of Circa Theatre’s WTF! Women’s Theatre Festival, arts collective The Conch put together a two-part event on February 25 celebrating Pacific women’s performative art. During the day, Nina Nawalowalo, Tusiata Avia, and Anapela Polataivao shared their stories and experiences of creating and performing art that was not only challenging in subject matter, but […]