Those of us who ran the NCEA Drama gauntlet will probably know what theatre looks like when it is filmed. For the purposes of moderation and prosperity every cringe-inducing internal was committed, warts and all, to a dedicated DV Tape marked “Yr 12 2008 2.6 Mapaki” or something similar. Before these tapes were lost forever in the depths of Chris Carter’s personal viewing library, our ever-obliging drama teachers could be coerced into letting us students review our performance. The results, invariably, were fucking awful.


By Maxim Gorky, directed by David O’Donnell and Rachel Lenart This week, the Theatre 301 (Company) and 308 (Scenography) mount their production of Maxim Gorky’s Summerfolk. This production sets the play in a modern- day New Zealand idyll—a secluded bach surrounded by bush. Salient spoke to Jonathan Price about this new production. I notice in [...]


Written by: Dan Rebellato; Directed by: Eleanor Bishop; Circa, 16 May, 7:30pm Cast: Victoria Abbot, Nick Dunbar, Simon Leary, Heather O’Carroll and Jason Whyte  The set is composed of a series of irregularly- sized, rectangular screens of white cloth. Electric white light projects on the screens from behind. Over the speakers, electrosynth muzak beeps. We [...]


Guy Capper’s latest show presents us with his trademark blend of stand-up, animation and music. The theme this time round—“What is string theory?”—is mulled over by our host and pitched to a number of animated interviewees, but never quite solved. The routine progresses like a surreal television talk show, with Capper introducing his lineup of claymation guests [...]


Salient talks with the creators DEAR NEAL, Please note our production is called “ShitShow”, not Shit Play. I have left it up to my fellow Bouffons to answer your questions. I’m sure you will find their answers insightful and inspiring. Regards, Sir Arthur Throbsbottom  What is adaptive dramaturgy? Tits. Tits and ass. Boobs and bumholes. [...]


Devised and performed by Barnie Duncan & Trygve Wakenshaw BATS Theatre, 2 May, 9.30pm In 324 AD, the Roman Emperor Constantine I founded his capital on the site of the ancient Greek colony of Byzantion, and modestly named the new city after himself. A mere 1688 years later, Barnie Duncan and Trygve Wakenshaw have converted [...]


Back in Issue 8, we began a new series that I like to think of as Between Two Ferns with a Thespian. This series takes as its focus a young theatre practitioner who answers deep, delving questions so we can all get to know them a little more; it is always interesting voyeurising other people [...]


Although the production values are such that they appear to be racing themselves to the bottom of a very tall cliff, there is something charming about this musical.


A hilarious twist and insight into the world’s obsession with social media.