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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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).
I really do like this play. It is childish, silly and basic. There is nothing at all phenomenal about it, but is it is hugely charming and it is never boring, plus it did put a huge smile on my face. Think about it, if you add a wicked New Zealand writer like Roger Hall […]
Written by William Shakespeare Directed by David Lawrence Te Whaea, August 1 – 5
August 6-19, times vary. Te Whaea, 11 Hutchison Road Newtown Written by 3rd year Toi Whakaari students Directed by Jade Eriksen
Written by Vivienne Plumb Directed by Conrad Newport Circa, until September 1, 7:30pm Sub 25s – $20