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Theatre

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.

September 17, 2007

Lydia Zanetti is a woman of action – and not just on the dance floor. Inspired by the opportunities afforded to young actors, namely the Young and Hungry annual festival of new works (a chance for young actors to work with professional directors and designers), she started to question – where were the opportunities for […]

September 17, 2007

This play has no catharsis, no meaning and no ideological sense to it. Further more, it reflects on violence by beating everyone up. It defies almost everything my mother said to me when I was three.

September 17, 2007

Conor McPherson is a master storyteller. Shining City is an intimate little play that weaves together the lives of a therapist, his (ex) girlfriend) and his patient. A boxy room in a flat in Dublin (immaculately designed by Dennis Hearfield) becomes the setting for the tale. Shining City begins quietly, as therapist Ian (Jason Whyte) […]

September 10, 2007

An onstage birth, a canary and a disembodied voice; the three key ingredients to any Shakespearean tragedy, and a great night at the theatre. Victoria’s second season of third-year directing students’ works displayed talent and creativity. Though not ostensibly related, the three productions shared a maternal through-line, in each case developed very differently.

September 10, 2007

Let’s talk football. Yeah I know the Rugby World Cup is around the corner, and the word football is blasphemous in New Zealand, but stick with me. Football itself can be boring to watch, with eleven monkeys juggling a ball with their lanky legs and the occasional sissy scream because someone shoulder charged you.

September 10, 2007

London 1912. Ronnie Wilson, a little wee 13-year-old naval cadet, is given the boot out of Naval College for allegedly stealing a five-shilling postal note. His old man, Arthur Winslow begins an all-consuming attempt to prove his son’s innocence. From a small tiny matter, it grew to a nation’s obsession as a family was driven […]

September 3, 2007

Pig Hunt. The best new New Zealand play I’ve seen…for a long time. Maybe it’s because I love gender issues. Maybe it’s because I love Wainui. Maybe it’s cos I’m sick of dragging my boyfriend to boring theatre all year, and for once he was genuinely excited post-performance.

September 3, 2007

Have your met our rabbit? by Michael Stevens tells the story of fussy, buttoned-up housewife Hella (Alice O’Donoghue) and John (Gareth Hobbs), an American friend of her son who comes to stay at Hella’s house. Neither speaks each other’s language (though they both speak English to us, the audience).

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