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May 14, 2018

This Australian comedy trio are so absolutely stupid, it’s funnier than you’d expect. Having gone to their tour show in the 2017 Comedy Fest, seeing Aunty Donna for the second time was something I had been looking forward to for a while, and the pre-tour release of their album Glennridge Secondary College only added to […]

April 30, 2018

If you’re going to have an audience, any audience, sit through a 2-hour performance, and one 15-minute interval, you better have a damn good play on offer. I’m no so sure if The Lie passes this test. I will say I left the theatre with a lot to think about. If a piece can make […]

April 16, 2018

Think Coraline, Stranger Things, and Wreck It Ralph, smashed into a late nineties internet tale with Icelandic monsters: that was Tröll. Tröll follows Otto (Ralph McCubbin Howell), a twelve year old boy in love with the internet because he can choose his own name, be thirteen, and actually like the stuff he likes and not […]

April 9, 2018

When we laugh in a comedy show, we laugh hard at those comics that can point out that punchline sitting just out of reach, but we laugh hardest at the comics who point those punchlines out with a voice that is totally their own. Phoney Love has a touch of the former, however, its strength […]

March 26, 2018

5/5 Starting out in black leotards, Shakespearean collars and wig caps, singing a song about how the Travelling Sisters began (“We performed to two people and a steak! Oh well…”), these three women delighted me with their show — ten wacky skits with original comedic music playing over transitions. This show doesn’t keep anything hidden: […]

March 26, 2018

5/5 I walked into Talofa Papa, greeted by an ula made out of fruit bursts, and a kiss on the cheek. I, who thrives off of touch to show care, compassion, and love, was already invested in the show as soon as I walked in the door. Papa (Kasiano Mita, the creator and performer of […]

March 26, 2018

4/5 Women making cool stuff for the stage is totally my jam. As well as fruit puns. In Discharge is Rotten to the Core, you get both. Discharge is the all-women comedy group who produced the show, originally formed in Dunedin and now Wellington based. The show follows a punk band called The Rotten Cores, […]

March 19, 2018

  4/5 If you weren’t already aware, the New Zealand Fringe Festival kicked off on the 2nd and will be going until the 24th of March. To start off my 2018 Fringe experience, I went and saw Poet Vs Pageant. Glance at the title. If you were expecting a wrestling stage, strobe lighting, and a […]

March 5, 2018

I have a particularly good understanding of the theatre making process, but when it comes to writing an album, not so much. What if there was a way to combine the spontaneity of the music, with the display of theatre, and the collaboration of band members and audience alike? Oh wait, there is a show […]

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