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March 6, 2012

Emotional Tramps Theatre Company: Andrew Goddard, Adam Goodall, Chris O’Grady, Carrie Green, Ben Haddock, David Laidler, Hannah Paterson, Alicia Pierson,Rebecca Sim. Written by Andrew Goddard. Directed by Tim C Yarrow. Blue Barn, Mt Cook, 28th Feb, 8pm. Eggs are being sold in the same store as bricks: the E’N’B. Such is the premise for The […]

October 10, 2011

In a New Zealand that is enjoying (enduring?) both a Rugby World Cup and an election year, what two stories of our past could be more appropriate than the 1981 Springbok tour of New Zealand and the 2008 election? The Engine Room tells two stories in parallel; John Key and Helen Clark in 1981 deciding […]

October 2, 2011

How should we define New Zealand culture? In her program notes to The First Asian AB, playwright Renee Liang points out “NZ is a nation of immigrants”. The play takes a look at the New Zealand culture from the perspective of a fresh-of-the-boat Malaysian boy, a member of the 1.5 generation (someone who immigrates during […]

September 24, 2011

There are tourists in New Zealand at the moment. And on those nights when there are no big games on, they need look no further than BATS theatre to keep them occupied. Loud, bawdy, and outrageous, Death By Cheerleader will suit anyone who thought our RWC opening ceremony was “a bit poncey”. It is a […]

September 12, 2011

Rob Muldoon, you bastard. What a rotter! There is a lot of pressure on a play that endeavours to tell the story of New Zealand’s most hated politician (ever) in an election year, but National-bashing to a BATS audience is a bit like preaching to the choir. Thankfully, Slouching Towards Bethlehem doesn’t pick on Muldoon, […]

August 8, 2011

Paul Waggott has graced the stages of his Whangarei High school, 77 Fairlie Terrace, BATS, Downstage, and now Circa Theatre. You may have seen him in DOORS. WALLS. AND ALSO SILENCE., Dog Sees God (for which he won Most Promising Male Newcomer at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards), think of all the fun you’ll find […]

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