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Theatre

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 […]

October 1, 2007

“To create something beautiful about despair or out of a feeling of despair, is for me the most hopeful, life affirming thing a person can do” (Sarah Kane). In London, on the January 18 1995, in the intensified small space of the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, 65 people witnessed what some term the “rebirth of […]

September 24, 2007

Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School. Hallowed training ground for actors such as Cliff Curtis, Marton Czokas and a whole bunch of people from Shortland Street. For the first time ever (well since I can remember anyway), patrons won’t have to trek to Newtown for the graduation production for Toi Whakaari’s third year acting students.

September 24, 2007

Rape, murder, incest, Goths, orgies, dismemberment and even cannibalism, Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus has everything that, in my humble opinion, a decent play needs. The only thing really missing (aside from an ending which makes sense!) is a good old gay pash, although a couple of the girls in this production did come close, in a […]

September 24, 2007

I was unsure what to expect from this play being a dance piece at BATS, although I was pleasantly surprised at what a powerful play it was. Itchy Feet is part of the ‘Dance Your Socks Off Festival’ and explores the lives of three people all brought together in chaos, pain and love. It is […]

September 24, 2007

Publicised as the ‘surrealist and avant garde’ season of third year directing plays, I have to say I wasn’t disappointed. The evening started with Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story, directed by Alexandra Lodge.