Category: Theatre

Review – Skellig

Review – Skellig

by / August 20, 2012 / No Comments

It’s a very pretty story, and makes me want to go read the book. But in adapting his novel for the stage it appears Almond has had some difficulty stepping completely into the shoes of a playwright.

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Review – West End Girls

Review – West End Girls

by / August 13, 2012 / [ 2 Comments ]

I knew nothing of Barbara Tate walking into West End Girls, which may be considered something of a handicap when it comes to casting a critical eye over a theatrical adaptation of her memoirs. My participation as audience member, at least, was not hindered by ignorance.

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Review – Quiver

Review – Quiver

by / August 6, 2012 / No Comments

Quiver presents some decent relationship drama, and some very amusing moments, but ultimately it leans too heavily on its least developed features.

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Nuclear Family

Nuclear Family

by / July 30, 2012 / No Comments

Set in the late ‘80s on the eve of the Chernobyl disaster, it follows a rich cast of characters of Venezuelan- and Soviet-Jewish heritage all coming to terms with the sacrifices and benefits of moving to New Zealand.

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THEA406 Directing Season: ON THE EDGE

THEA406 Directing Season: ON THE EDGE

by / July 25, 2012 / [ 3 Comments ]

Roger Walter’s Everything is Going to be Just Fine by page and poster sounds, for lack of a better word, awful.

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Interview With Dan Pengelly

Interview With Dan Pengelly

by / July 23, 2012 / No Comments

Having spent the last seven years as an improvisor with the Court Jesters in Christchurch, Dan Pengelly moved to Wellington this year to begin his Masters degree in Theatre Arts (Directing) at Toi Whakaari and Victoria. Recently returned, fatigued, from an international workshop in Canberra, Dan was obliging enough to let me pick his brains [...]

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School, Screens, Theatre & The Necessity Of Moving

School, Screens, Theatre & The Necessity Of Moving

by / July 16, 2012 / No Comments

Those of us who ran the NCEA Drama gauntlet will probably know what theatre looks like when it is filmed. For the purposes of moderation and prosperity every cringe-inducing internal was committed, warts and all, to a dedicated DV Tape marked “Yr 12 2008 2.6 Mapaki” or something similar. Before these tapes were lost forever in the depths of Chris Carter’s personal viewing library, our ever-obliging drama teachers could be coerced into letting us students review our performance. The results, invariably, were fucking awful.

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Summerfolk

Summerfolk

by / June 5, 2012 / No Comments

By Maxim Gorky, directed by David O’Donnell and Rachel Lenart This week, the Theatre 301 (Company) and 308 (Scenography) mount their production of Maxim Gorky’s Summerfolk. This production sets the play in a modern- day New Zealand idyll—a secluded bach surrounded by bush. Salient spoke to Jonathan Price about this new production. I notice in [...]

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Review – Chekov In Hell

Review – Chekov In Hell

by / May 28, 2012 / No Comments

Written by: Dan Rebellato; Directed by: Eleanor Bishop; Circa, 16 May, 7:30pm Cast: Victoria Abbot, Nick Dunbar, Simon Leary, Heather O’Carroll and Jason Whyte  The set is composed of a series of irregularly- sized, rectangular screens of white cloth. Electric white light projects on the screens from behind. Over the speakers, electrosynth muzak beeps. We [...]

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Quantum Sheep & Animal Orchestra

Quantum Sheep & Animal Orchestra

by / May 21, 2012 / [ 5 Comments ]

Guy Capper’s latest show presents us with his trademark blend of stand-up, animation and music. The theme this time round—“What is string theory?”—is mulled over by our host and pitched to a number of animated interviewees, but never quite solved. The routine progresses like a surreal television talk show, with Capper introducing his lineup of claymation guests [...]

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