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