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Theatre

August 14, 2017

The Swimmer, written and directed by Manuel Saez, and performed at Bats Theatre, immediately appealed to me because I’m a swimmer and I was just so excited to see a play that involved this very individualistic, lonely sport and was curious as to how it would be staged. When I read the synopsis I was […]

August 14, 2017

A Doll’s House is the second adaption of a Henrik Ibsen play Circa have done this year, and I am not complaining. Three Days in the Country came out back in May and it was an abundant, sentimental, and optimistically romantic play. The Doll’s House, however, sends its audience crashing to earth. This is writer […]

July 31, 2017

As the Young and Hungry (Y&H) season approached, I found myself bracing for impact. Y&H is always hit-and-miss with performance, script, tech, and direction, or a combination of all the above. Yet, this is the first year the posters for each of the plays were cohesive and genuinely pleasing to the eye — well done […]

July 24, 2017

(de)construct, directed by Cerea Maree Brown, is an emotional whirlwind. Performed at La Mama Theatre in Melbourne from June 28 to July 2, this dance-theatre piece unfolds on a small and strangely lit stage. Nabs Adhan, Lucy Pitt, Antonia Yip Siew Pin, and Jai Leeworthy embark together on a deeply personal conversation about identity, social […]

July 17, 2017

Say what you want about Anthony McCarten. Literally, say what you want, there’s a good chance he can’t hear you; there’s a good chance he’s laughing his way to the bank off the success of his screenplay for Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything. WEED, originally written and performed in 1990, stands in stark […]

July 8, 2017

The notebook that I use to write my criticisms and praises in during a theatrical production was left notably absent at the end of Courtney Rose Brown’s The First Time, and it was not simply a result of the stage lights being confined to five central spotlights. From an opening that introduces each character and […]

June 19, 2017

At one point during Larger Than Life, Te-Whakakotahitanga-o-Ngā-iwi-o-Te-Motu Boy-George Jackson (the full name of Tahi, played by Shadrack Simi) calls his lost love to stage in order to serenade them. The problem is there are only three actors onstage during Larger Than Life, and all are intimately involved with the performance of aforementioned serenade. The […]

June 19, 2017

I am by no means a veteran of the world of dance. Unless you count furiously gyrating and unconvincingly lip-syncing to Roxy Music’s 1973 classic Street Life for an assembly talent show when I was 12, I have never “danced”. Manaia, which is part of the Kia Mau Festival in Wellington, served as my first […]

June 14, 2017

Six years ago, someone close to me died. I still haven’t sorted out her things. Each item is simultaneously vital, and meaningless. I’m angry at the things: they have outlived her. Subconsciously, they haunt me. They are a reminder of what no longer exists. — Director Jane Young, speaking on the motivation for The Basement […]