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Theatre

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.

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.