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Theatre

February 25, 2008

An Interview with director David O’Donnell If you study theatre at Vic you probably already know, without me having to tell you, that David O’Donnell is the man, but if you’ve just started studying I will tell you this plainly and I will tell you this simply — David O’Donnell is the man. And if […]

February 18, 2008

Kia ora. Welcome to the Salient Theatre Pages for 2008! This part of the magazine is devoted solely to informing you about all of the funky theatre that’s going on in Wellington this year. 2008’s already off to a rollicking start, with the Fringe Festival in full swing and the International Arts Festival just around […]

October 15, 2007

Summer is a boom and bust time for Wellington theatre. Things tend to wind down a bit, there’s the annual Circa panto, things look bleak, and then before you know it, it’s the Fringe Festival and the year is off to a roaring start. Here’s my totally biased picks for what to look out for […]

October 15, 2007

Best student theatre Angels in America (Toi Whakaari / Downstage) Twelfth Night (Studio 77) Little Box of Oblivion (Studio 77)

October 15, 2007

It’s been a funny old year of theatre. Nearing the end of six months in London, I started writing my theatre copy from an internet café in Prague, hurriedly looking up the Fringe website to see what to recommend. I caught the tail end of the Fringe Festival, loving the return season of Dean Hewison’s […]

October 8, 2007

Hail to 77 Fairlie Terrace for being such a production powerhouse. This trimester it has been battered and bewildered by the reign of theatre students who have decided to take the helm and direct a wee production. Soon we can all go home, as the THEA304 directing students are here for one last season of […]

October 8, 2007

Angels in America is one of those classic plays. Traversing huge themes, with memorable characters and pure theatricality. It’s a perfect script for The Almost a Bird Collective who has made a name for itself re-envisioning classic scripts. And that’s exactly what they do here.

October 1, 2007

Never have I heard so much controversy before a New Zealand play opening. My right-wing whanau knew about the production grant The Hollow Men received from Creative NZ before I did (and I’m supposedly ‘in the biz’). Rodney Hide was there sipping an OJ on opening night, and there was genuine excitement in the air […]

October 1, 2007

There are whispers in the Victoria University Theatre Department corridors: “Did you know the Asian theatre paper is doing a Chinese opera…? That’s insane…” Chinese opera is not something you’d expect to see in Wellington, let alone at Victoria University. However, Snow in Sweet Summer by Charles Mee is being performed this week at our […]